SPD Collects More Than 70 Guns

The Syracuse Police Department collected more weapons yesterday during the final gun amnesty day.

According to Lt. John Brennan of the SPD, 70 handguns, six legal shotguns, one mortar launcher, one sawed-off rifle, and a few sawed-off shotguns were collected on Feb. 11.

"We're very happy," Brennan said about the amnesty results. "It was all successful."

Brennan said that the amnesty program posed as a perfect opportunity for people to get rid of unwanted guns in their homes.

"Most of them were guns from dads that died or husbands," Brennan said. "They didn't know what to do with them (guns)."

These efforts could be seen as a way for citizens to feel safe in their own homes by removing unwanted guns, said Brennan.

The SPD collected a total of 36 guns on Feb. 4, which makes the 2009 gun amnesty program responsible for collecting more than 100 guns, both legal and illegal.

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