Greensboro police offer 2-day weapon ‘Safe Surrender’

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Nov. 7 and 8, the Greensboro Police Department is offering gun owners another means of removing unwanted firearms from their home.

Police employees will be accepting handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition at five Greensboro churches Friday Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating churches are:

  • Bessemer United Methodist Church at 3015 E. Bessemer Ave.
  • Christ Wesleyan Church at 2400 S. Holden Road
  • New Light Missionary Baptist Church at 1105 Willow Road, Greensboro
  • First Baptist Church at 1000 W. Friendly Ave.
  • Muirs Chapel United Methodist Church at 314 Muirs Chapel Road

This is not a buy-back program. No cash will be given in exchange for weapons.

Anyone ages 18 and above can turn in a weapon. Weapons can be surrendered anonymously. There is no limit to the number of firearms a person can surrender. Once a weapon is surrendered, it will not be returned.

Weapons should be unloaded and cleared when they are turned in. A police employee will receive each weapon and render it safe. Ammunition may also be surrendered.

Firearms will be checked to determine if they have been reported lost or stolen. Police will make every effort to return lost/stolen weapons to their rightful owners. All other weapons will be destroyed.

This program supplements GPD’s existing method of taking unwanted weapons off the street. At any time throughout the year, Greensboro residents can call the non-emergency line, 336-373-2222, to coordinate to turn in an unwanted firearm. A sworn or non-sworn member of the Greensboro Police Department will pick up the weapon from the owner’s home.