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AyatollahGondola
12-28-2012, 6:54 PM
Unlike other municipal agencies, Sac sheriff's policy seems to imply they may not ignore an illegally possessed firearm even when someone voluntarily surrenders it. I'm not sure if recent events inspired this, but it was issued December 12th

Policy for Weapons Turn-In

The Sheriff's Department would like to advise members of the community what the proper procedure is for turning over firearms to a law enforcement agency. Anyone wanting to bring a gun to one of the Sheriff's Department's facilities shall adhere to the following guidelines.

The firearm shall remain UNLOADED in a locked vehicle, while the possessor contacts Sheriff's Department personnel in the facility to advise that they have a gun to turn in. Provided that there is sufficient staffing at the facility, a department employee will escort the possessor outside to the vehicle and retrieve the firearm. Any person bringing a firearm to be turned in must have valid California identification, and will be subject to a records check to ensure that his/her possession of the weapon is not in violation of the law, which could subject the individual to arrest.

This policy allows for registered or unregistered weapons to be retained by the Sheriff's Department, and the possessor will be given a property receipt to be retained as evidence of having relinquished the weapon. Acceptable locations where weapons may be forfeited are the Sheriff's Department headquarters at 711 G Street, the North Division station at 5510 Garfield Avenue, the Central Division station located at 7000 65th Street, or the Rancho Cordova Police Department at 2897 Kilgore Road. Hours of availability for weapons turn in shall be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and based on the availability of department personnel at the time.
Sergeant Jason Ramos,
Sheriff's Spokesman

Carsgunsandchics
12-28-2012, 7:18 PM
Unlike other municipal agencies, Sac sheriff's policy seems to imply they may not ignore an illegally possessed firearm even when someone voluntarily surrenders it. I'm not sure if recent events inspired this, but it was issued December 12th

Maybe because of that bail bondsman that was offering turkeys of guns and someone brought what appeared to be a short barreled shotgun to him instead of the police station. It happened live on the morning news and was quite interesting.

Atlantaboi2012
12-28-2012, 7:24 PM
Defeats the purpose if you ask me... How is this process supposed to work with say 500-600 guns?? Pointless...

Clinton
12-28-2012, 7:27 PM
It appears they're more concerned whether or not you're a prohibited person then whether or not the firearm is illegal.

jben
12-28-2012, 7:45 PM
Sounds to me like this is policy for people that just want to turn in guns to the Sheriff's office. Not a gun buy back offering amnesty.

Window_Seat
12-28-2012, 8:14 PM
This implies that they only want firearms owned by the law-abiding, not the criminal class.

Erik.

Window_Seat
12-28-2012, 8:14 PM
This implies that they only want firearms owned by the law-abiding, not the criminal class.

Erik.

freonr22
12-28-2012, 8:17 PM
So they don't want a prohibited person to get rid of their guns?

five.five-six
12-28-2012, 8:18 PM
This implies that they only want firearms owned by the law-abiding, not the criminal class.

Erik.

Well Duh!

nothinghere2c
12-28-2012, 8:18 PM
dang. and i was about to turn in my pair of tec-9s and uzi :(

Wildhawk66
12-28-2012, 8:21 PM
The SO isn't making an issue about illegal guns being turned in, they are making it clear that all persons doing so should expect to have their criminal histories checked for prohibited status. This will also turn up warrants...

Sounds like the SO wants to go fishing when accepting voluntary turn ins and they are providing warning that they will be doing so.

doctor_vals
12-28-2012, 8:35 PM
dang. and i was about to turn in my pair of tec-9s and uzi :(

I can give you 200% of what you may expect from PD :)

NoHeavyHitter
12-28-2012, 8:36 PM
Defeats the purpose if you ask me...

Absolutely!

An example (not far-fetched mind you) would be if a homeowner found a gun in their backyard that was dropped there by unknown persons and wanted to turn it in. Let's say it was a stolen gun that a gangbanger running from cops tossed or accidentally dropped. Would this make the homeowner liable to be charged with possession of stolen property?

With that kind of risk, someone may decide NOT to turn in such a gun if the unknown origins may subject them to prosecution.

JDay
12-28-2012, 8:40 PM
Absolutely!

An example (not far-fetched mind you) would be if a homeowner found a gun in their backyard that was dropped there by unknown persons and wanted to turn it in. Let's say it was a stolen gun that a gangbanger running from cops tossed or accidentally dropped. Would this make the homeowner liable to be charged with possession of stolen property?

With that kind of risk, someone may decide NOT to turn in such a gun if the unknown origins may subject them to prosecution.

If you find a firearm in your yard you should just call the SO and have them come retrieve it. I wouldn't even get my prints on it. That's what a friend of mine does the 2x-3x a year he finds one in his yard (bad part of West Sacramento).