Greenwich Firearm Turn-In Yields Dozens Of Weapons

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Greenwich Police display the weapons collected at its turn-in event on Dec. 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Greenwich Police Department

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Police Department firearm turn-in on last weekend yielded a dozen firearms, 43 other weapons including knives and billy clubs, three high-capacity magazines and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition, according to police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray.

The event was held Dec. 14, the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

"Events of this magnitude resonate with us all, whether we are directly involved or not," Greenwich Chief of Police James Heavey said in a statement. "I don’t it think would be an overstatement to say that 'everyone' in Connecticut, let alone the country, were re-evaluating their personal belief about guns and gun ownership."

The program's goal was to "remain neutral on the debate and provide a voluntary avenue in which to dispose of an unwanted firearm or weapon," Heavey added.

It was the third turn-in held by the Greenwich Police Department this year. Over the three events, the department collected more than 120 weapons, with the most unique being an African spear, according to Heavey.

"In the end, it’s not about numbers but about service to the community," he concluded.

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