Bring In Toys; Bring In Guns

In separate events, cops are collecting guns and collecting toys.

The first event is a gun buy-back. Aiming to get illegal weapons off the street, the cops will accept firearms, “no questions asked,” at the police academy at 710 Sherman Parkway Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven & Yale New-Haven
Children’s Hospital are cosponsoring the drive.

A press release stated: “Our policy of ‘no questions asked’ will be in effect allowing individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. Non-operational guns, antiques, BB guns and holsters will be accepted but do not qualify for a gift card.  Gun dealers and/or people that the police have reason to believe are gun dealers are excluded from this program and can not exchange guns for a gift card. An additional gift card will be exchanged for those firearms identified as assault weapons and/or sawed-off shotguns as an enhanced incentive. Free distribution of gun locks will also be offered at the drop off location.”

Click here to read the full release, which offers details on how to qualify for amnesty for possessing a firearm without a permit.

Meanwhile, Lt. Rebecca Sweeney is organizing another holding toy drive for kids in newhallville.

She began organizing the annual drive when she served as Newhallville’s top cop. She then became downtown’s top cop but kept returning to her old district to keep the toy drive going.

A release spelled out these details about the drive:

“For so many years many of you have opened your hearts to the kids and families of Newhallville. Your generosity has made their Christmas that much more special and merrier. This year Lt. Sweeney of the New Haven Police Department in collaboration with the Literacy Center, the Yale Police Department, Juvenile Probation and the East Rock Community we will be holding their annual toy drive on December 20, 2012. If anyone is interested in donating an unwrapped toy for a child ages birth-17 years old or if you would like to register your family for the toy drive please contact Kate Gunning at (203)786-0383.”

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