In the past week, three individuals have brought in a number of legally obtained fire arms — both hand guns and long guns or rifles — to the Redding police department to be destroyed, said Police Chief Douglas Fuchs.
“They want them out of the house,” he said.
Due to the increase in guns being handed in to the department, Chief Fuchs said a conversation has begun on a regional level about a gun buy-back or turn-in program.
He said normally these programs are in cities and are for illegally obtained guns on a no-questions-asked basis.
“Now people want to turn in legal guns to be destroyed by us or the state,” said Chief Fuchs.
People are welcome to sign over their fire arms, but it is not a buy-back program right now, he said.
If a gun is handed into the department that meets its requirements and is tested, then the police can use those guns; if not, they will be destroyed, Chief Fuchs said.
Before the Newtown shooting on Dec. 14 [that took the lives of 26 people, including children], it was very rare that people would hand in guns, said Chief Fuchs.