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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department is hosting a two-day firearm turn-in event this weekend. 

On Friday and Saturday, the voluntary “Safe Surrender” event will be offered to the public as a safe way to dispose of unwanted handguns, rifles and shotguns. 

There will be three locations where officers will be on-site accepting firearms. 

They include Saint Matthew’s United Methodist Church, located at 600 East Florida St., Bessemer United Methodist Church, located at 3015 East Bessemer Ave., and Christ Wesleyan Church, located at 2400 South Holden Road. 

On Friday, guns will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  On Saturday, they will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Anyone of age 18 is allowed to turn in any number of firearms and ammunition. 

Guns can also be turned in anonymously. 

Any weapons that are turned in will be checked to determine if they have been reported lost or stolen.  If a weapon is determined so, police said they will make “every effort” to return them to their rightful owners. 

Any weapons being turned in should be unloaded and cleared beforehand. 

Officers will be on-site to receive each weapon and determine that they are safe for turn-in. 

Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen says Councilwoman T. Diane Bellamy-Small offered the idea for the event in light of the tragedy that befell the community of Newtown, Conn. in December. 

“Although we are saddened by the impetus for this Safe Surrender, we welcome the opportunity to take weapons off the street,” Deputy Police Chief Anita Holder said in a news release.  

The effort is entirely voluntary.  No cash or goods will be exchanged for any firearms. 

Surrendered weapons will not be returned. 

At any time, Greensboro residents can call the police department’s non-emergency line at 373-2222 to coordinate the turn-in of an unwanted firearm.  In those cases, an officer will generally retrieve the weapon from the resident’s home.