South Portland police accepting unused, unwanted firearms in wake of Newtown

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 4:13 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Police in South Portland are accepting firearms from the general public from those who want to get rid of them.

The department will accept any unwanted, forgotten, unsafe or potentially illegal firearms or ammunition, Lt. Frank Clark said in a news release Wednesday.

The service comes in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Clark said residents are advised that this service is a not an investigative effort, and no questions will be asked upon turning in firearms or ammunition.

All firearms police receive will be destroyed and not resold. To turn over a firearm, contact South Portland police’s Community Relations department at 799-5511, ext. 7236 or 7242.