June 19, 2018
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South Portland police getting positive response for accepting firearms from public

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark said Friday he didn’t know what to expect when his department announced they are willing to collect firearms from the public, no questions asked.

But Clark said there has been a positive response from the general public. Police had announced Wednesday that they will be accepting any unused or unwanted firearms, no questions asked, in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“Guns in general are kind of a topic of conversation now nationally and this is something that we thought would benefit the local community,” Clark said.

One person dropped by the police station Thursday to turn in some miscellaneous firearm parts, while two handguns and two rifles were turned in Friday morning.

All guns and ammunition police receive will not be destroyed and not resold.

Those wishing to turn in a firearm or ammunition can contact South Portland police at 799-5511, ext. 7242 or 7236.

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