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Police collect 3 weapons, ammunition in gun turn-in


Howard County police collected three guns and an unspecified amount of ammunition during the department's "no-questions-asked" gun turn-in Saturday.

"Anytime you do this type of thing, you don't know what you're going to get," said Howard County police Sgt. Steven Keller. "Although it's not a lot, if we get one gun, that's a success."

The turn-in at First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia was the second time Howard County has taken part in a regional gun turn-in, sponsored each year by Enough is Enough, a Prince George's County group that works to prevent gun violence. Last year, Howard police collected 15 weapons and about 300 rounds of ammunition.

This year's event included 16 sites in Maryland, Virginia and Washington where weapons were collected over the weekend. Eighty-three guns were collected at all sites, Sergeant Keller said.

The guns turned in to Howard police Saturday included a .22-caliber rifle, a .22-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver, the spokesman said. After police examined the guns to see if they were stolen, the weapons will be melted down at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Sparrows Point.

Sergeant Keller emphasized that residents do not have to wait for a formal gun turn-in day to dispose of weapons. County police accept firearms for disposal -- "no-questions-asked" -- year-round at both district stations, he said.

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