Police say gun turn-in program could result in less crime

Officers say before you show up to the Pyramid Saturday, take the gun you plan to turn in, remove the ammunition, and do everything else to make sure that fire arm is not a hazard.

"The mitigating factor is you're bringing this gun to turn it in, and the way to do that is put it in a paper sack, unload it make sure that you are going to have it in a safe manner," said Sgt. Vince Higgins, spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department.

Higgins said guns turned in Saturday will cataloged and destroyed. He believes that fewer guns on the street will result in fewer shootings and fewer homicides.

"Many times these guns are the result of law abiding citizens' homes being broken into, or their car being broken into, or theft or some sort," Higgins said.  "We want people that have these weapons that they don't have any use for, that they feel are unsafe in their home, to bring them to us."

Higgins said gun experts will be on hand at the Pyramid to help answer key questions about any guns you may bring.

"Part of this is to teach safety about handguns," he said. "The other part is lets get them off of the street.  That gun that's turned in in our gun turn in campaign?  It's going to be one less gun to be stolen and used in another crime or, sold for crack, or some other drug."

Police say the gun turn-in program is a way all citizens can take a stand against crime and violence.