The Omaha Police Department is joining forces with 11 different community groups in sponsoring a gun amnesty program on Saturday. Officer Jacob Bettin says this is an opportunity to get rid of these weapons with no questions asked.
“Our big goal is to get firearms off the streets that potentially could fall in the hands of criminals and used in felony assaults.”
Officer Bettin says this basically a “get of jail free” card where someone with an illegal firearm can dispose of it properly.
“This is an opportunity for them to come in and turn in that firearm and walk away with no questions asked. The table is turned in their favor for one day. We just want those firearms off the street.”
Officer Bettin is hoping that the ones who really come in to drop off weapons are those with a police record.
“There are criminals out there that have these illegal firearms and they know if they are caught with it, they will go to jail. This is the one opportunity for them to bring the firearm to use, turn around and walk away.”
Officer Bettin says those handing in weapons will not be asked questions or asked to show ID.
“We really won’t know who anybody is walking up to us even if it is somebody who wants to get rid of a gun they have inherited. We are not asking names. We are just asking for that firearm that potentially could be used in a homicide someday.”
All unwanted and illegal guns can be dropped off with no questions asked at the Bethel Church near 30th and “Q” Street from 10 am until 2 pm.