Handguns, rifles and shotguns will be accepted by the Hagerstown Police Department for the inaugural Statewide Gun Turn-in this Saturday, a release from the department said.
This is the first time the city has had a gun turn-in, according to police department spokesman Bill Douwes.
The turn-in will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department headquarters at 50 N. Burhans Blvd., and firearms will be accepted with no questions asked, the release said. No personal identification is required and no advance appointment is necessary.
Those bringing firearms to the event should keep them locked in the trunks of their vehicles until they arrive at the department, the release said. They are not to take the weapon into the lobby of the department, but are to go inside and notify the officer on duty that a firearm is being turned in, the release said.
The officer will go to the parking lot and take possession of the gun, the release said.
This is the only site in Washington County scheduled to accept guns Saturday, according to the Maryland Office of the Attorney General website.
“This gun turn-in program improves public safety by reducing the chances of unwanted firearms getting into the hands of children or criminal offenders,” Chief Mark Holtzman said in the release.
Firearms do not have to be in working order to be turned in, the release said. All firearms must be unloaded and handled safely, and the muzzle should be pointed in a safe direction, the release said.