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Mayor Berry and Chief Schultz Announce Voluntary Gun Disposal Program for Albuquerque

Owners of Unwanted Guns Have a New Safe and Secure Disposal Option All Firearms and Ammunition will be Accepted with No Questions Asked

December 28, 2012

Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Ray Schultz launched a new program Friday designed to keep Albuquerque safer.

Every Saturday in January the Albuquerque Police Department will be accepting firearms and ammunition from anyone throughout the State who wishes to dispose of them.  Guns will also be accepted every second Saturday of each month after January.

Residents can either drop off firearms and/or ammunition at the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center also known as the APD Crime Lab located at 5350 2nd St. NW, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the designated disposal dates or they can call Crime Lab Director, Marc Adams, at (505) 235-3159 to make arrangements for in-town pickup or drop off.  

Firearms and ammunition will be accepted without question.  Any firearm with a significant historical value will be preserved.  All firearms will be checked to see if they are stolen and if so will be returned to their rightful owner.  All other firearms will be destroyed. APD already destroys an average of 120 firearms per month that come into the position of APD through criminal investigations, seizures and that are randomly found within the city.

"It is not unusual for the department to receive requests from citizens asking that guns be destroyed," Chief Ray Schultz said. "Most of the time when we receive these types of requests they come from grandparents who want firearms out of their home because they worry about grandchildren finding them and a tragedy occurring."  

"I don’t have a vote in Congress, but this is one very meaningful program that I can implement as a Mayor to protect our children and our community," Mayor Berry said  "It allows folks who don’t want a gun in their home for whatever reason a safe and secure disposal method."