|The tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, and several other quiet communities and campuses across our nation remind us that gun violence can happen anywhere, and in some manner, touches each and every one of our lives.
As the nation struggles with how best to address the issue of gun violence, we all can do our part to reduce the number of firearms in our own community.
The Chula Vista Police Department has long had a practice of accepting firearms from individuals who are no longer interested in owning them. Residents can simply call the police department at (619) 691-5151 and an officer will be sent to their home.
Residents can also turn in firearms at the police department, 315 Fourth Avenue, but must do so in a manner that is both safe and legal:
1. The firearm must be unloaded;
2. The firearm must be transported in a locked container, (not the glove box), or in the trunk;
3. Calling ahead to notify the police department you are bringing the firearm is strongly advised;
4. Upon arriving at the police department, leave the firearm in the trunk of your vehicle;
5. Tell the police department employee you are turning in a firearm;
6. An officer will be sent to meet you in the lobby, and, with your assistance, retrieve the firearm.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe.
Posted: February 20, 2013