More than 100 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were turned in at three police stations in Montgomery County as part of a statewide gun turn-in program during the weekend.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) said that he initiated the event in February during the legislative swirl of gun control bills, The Washington Post reported. A restrictive gun control package for the state was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April.
“This gives family members the opportunity to remove illegal and unwanted guns from the home that they fear would be used to harm themselves or others,” Gansler told the newspaper.
Three drop-off locations collected the following weapons, according to police:
- 69 handguns
- 27 rifles
- 15 shotguns
- 1 grenade
- 11 BB guns
- 1 sword
- Approximately 10,000 rounds of ammunition
Donations to the University of Maryland Medical Center's R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center will be made for each gun that was turned in, police said.