Michigan City gun drive nets 69 weapons

2013-04-29T12:15:00Z 2013-04-29T23:48:04Z Michigan City gun drive nets 69 weaponsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | The Michigan City Police Department brought in 69 weapons over the weekend in the city's seventh annual gun drive.

"We experienced numerous stories during the drive of people inheriting various guns in which they had no desire to keep, shoot or store in their home," Sgt. Chris Yagelski said in a statement issued Monday.

Many of the weapons had been sitting for years in closets, drawers or basements, Yagelski said.

People turning in guns received a Walmart gift card.

Of the 69 weapons collected, 40 were handguns of various types, makes and calibers. One of the handguns dated back to 1925.

Twenty six of the weapons were long guns, including shotguns and rifles. Three of the weapons collected were starter pistols.

"Our intentions are not to take guns away from citizens, yet our purpose is to give citizens an avenue to remove unwanted, broken or unused firearms that no longer serve a purpose," Yagelski said.

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