- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The City of Tacoma, Washington is crafting a new program that would allow residents to anonymously drop off firearms with no questions asked.

Officials are considering setting up secure, steel drop boxes — similar to the ones already set up for collecting drugs — in neighborhoods throughout the city, away from police presence, The News Tribune reported.

“The main intent and goal is just to get these weapons off the streets,” said Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell, stressing that the program is still in its planning stages, Fox News reported.

Tacoma Police Union President Sgt. Jim Barrett said he doubts the program’s effectiveness. 

“Are we really expecting these people to walk down the street to this drop box, with the gun tucked in their shorts, and drop it off?” he asked. “It doesn’t seem to me to be a thought-out process as of right now.”

While the drug boxes are free-standing, one police official theorized that guns could be passed through a slot on the side of a building and deposited in an inaccessible area, Fox News reported.

Melissa Cordeiro, a city gang reduction project coordinator, told KIRO Radio that people “would just have to drop the gun off and later law enforcement would swing by and pick it up out of the drop box.”

If successful, the drop boxes would be the first of its kind in the country, Ms. Cordeiro said, The News Tribune reported.



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