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Firearms Collected and Seized
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Firearms Collected and Seized

In practice, many law enforcement agencies operate an 'open door' firearm amnesty. This allows gun owners, family members, deceased estates and the like to surrender unwanted firearms for destruction on any business day, even outside an advertised gun amnesty period.

In addition, authorities commonly store for destruction firearms found in routine, or accidental policing. Periodic police tallies of such firearms often fail to separate genuinely 'seized' crime guns from the more numerous firearms which were voluntarily surrendered or collected without coercion or prosecution.

This category tallies firearms which are not otherwise described as having been collected during a scheduled, publicly announced 'gun amnesty' or 'gun buyback' campaign.



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