GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department is hosting its third Safe Surrender program.
Citizens are invited to turn in firearms, firearms parts and ammunition safely and anonymously.
Officer Jamie Fulton explained, "Perhaps it belonged to a deceased family member or they simply don't want it anymore. We're trying to provide a venue for them to turn them in safely."
In January 2013 police received 74 weapons.
You don't have to bring an ID or any paperwork. "This program is completely voluntary. We're not going out looking for guns. We're not soliciting guns," said Fulton.
He said the P.D. used to destroy the guns that were surrendered. "But in September of last year legislation changed where we can't just destroy all firearms we take in anymore. These firearms we're collecting we'll check to see if they're stolen. If they are stolen we can reunite them with their rightful owner."
The guns will be locked up and stored for now. They have had at least one weapon turned in before that was stolen and returned to the owner. Any guns with serial numbers worn or scratched off will be destroyed.
Police ask people to bring the gun to the Safe Surrender locations unloaded and in a safe position.
The Safe Surrender started Friday and will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:
• Bessemer United Methodist Church at 3015 E. Bessemer Ave.
• Christ Wesleyan Church at 2400 S. Holden Rd.
• New Light Missionary Baptist Church at 1105 Willow Rd.
• First Baptist Church at 1000 W. Friendly Ave.
• Muirs Chapel United Methodist Church at 314 Muirs Chapel Rd.
Citizens can call the Police Department any time for an officer to come to their residence and pick up unwanted weapons.