Turnout light, media attention heavy for first day of BIPD gun disposal event

From left, evidence technician Jennifer Cooper, Lt. Chris Jensen and Reserve Officer Mark Crowthers examine ammunition turned in by a Bainbridge resident Monday. (Tad Sooter photo)

Larry of Bainbridge Island found an unwelcome heirloom while cleaning out a family home Monday morning. Inside a box, tucked away in a closet, Larry discovered a collection of bullets and shotgun shells. The ammunition looked old and corroded.

“It scared the heck out of me,” said Larry, who declined to give his last name. “I thought, whoa, I’d better get rid of this.”

A phone call and a few hours later, Larry was handing the box of ammunition over to Bainbridge Police. The department held a firearms and ammunition disposal event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The program will continue Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate and isn’t limited to Bainbridge residents. But if you do not wish to participate, you might as well read some of these firearm reviews and guides on how to use firearms safely and responsibly.

gun.turn.inThe department will destroy all guns and ammunition turned in. “Nearly a dozen” AR-10 rifles and about 1,600 rounds of ammunition were dropped off Monday, evidence technician Jennifer Cooper said. A definitive count will be taken following the Tuesday evening session.

Cooper said the motivation for the event is to help people safely dispose of unwanted ammunition and keep firearms from being stolen or falling into the wrong hands. About 70 firearms were stolen in Kitsap County in 2012, according to the department.

“Now we don’t know where those guns are,” Cooper said.

A handful of private gun buyers lingered near the entrance to the police department Monday and attempted to intercept people dropping off firearms and ammo. Among the buyers was Joe of Port Ludlow, who also declined to give a last name. Joe said he hadn’t made any purchases Monday but was glad to not see many firearms being turned in.

“It’s a good thing they aren’t bringing them down,” Joe said. “They should keep them.”

Turnout for the turn-in was light Monday but media attention was heavy. Two Seattle television stations covered the turn-in, along with local news outlets.

Larry, who was unaware of the event before he called the department that morning, found himself propositioned by gun buyers and photographed by reporters as he handed in his box of shells.

“I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big thing,” he said as he hurried back to his truck.

The police department is located at 625 Winslow Way East. For more information on the disposal event call (206) 842-5211.

4 thoughts on “Turnout light, media attention heavy for first day of BIPD gun disposal event

  1. Twelve guns? Ha, they sell that many at 20 minutes in sportsmans. And as for the guy being terrified of finding a couple shotgun shells this is why we need better education on firearms. I would say more but the rebuttals practically write themselves, what a riot.

  2. another feel good but basically useless measure by the BI government.

    About as effective as banning plastic bags but hey don’t we feel superior

  3. We have to end the loophole so creeps stop showing up at these buy backs. Get it done Olympia, you have the public support.

  4. Larry of BI hurried back to his truck because he was afraid all that ammo was going to jump out of the boxes and injure him. Ammo randomly going off is in the liberal halfwit manual.

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