How To Dispose Of An Unwanted Gun

If you would like to surrender a gun to the local police department, there are two different ways to do so. One option is to call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s non-emergency number 327-3811 to make a request for a police officer to come pick up the gun.

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If you decide to make a request for an officer to come to your location, it is best to surrender an unloaded gun if possible. As a reminder, semi-automatic weapons can still have a bullet in the chamber although the magazine has been removed or emptied.

Safety is always a primary concern anytime a situation involves a gun. Therefore, when a police officer arrives to pick up the gun, do not greet the officer with a gun in your hand in order to avoid any possible misunderstandings concerning your intentions. It is recommended that you show the officer where the gun is and allow the officer to physically pick the gun up instead of reaching for the gun yourself. You may choose to have the gun in a case, gun safe or lock box when the police officer arrives. However, the officer will take possession of the gun only and will check the gun to make sure that it is unloaded.

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The second option for surrendering a gun to the police department is to take the gun to a police station on a weekday during regular business hours. If you choose this option, you first need to be aware of any legal requirements for transporting your particular type of gun in a vehicle.

When you are ready to take the gun to the police department, you need to follow these instructions:

  1. If possible, make sure that the gun is unloaded.
  2. Place the gun in the trunk of your car and proceed to the police station.
  3.  When you arrive at the police station, leave the gun in your trunk.
  4. Enter the police station’s reception area and tell the office attendant that you have a gun in your trunk that you would like to get rid of. The attendant will have an officer meet you. You and the officer will then proceed to your vehicle where the officer will take possession of the gun.

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If you would rather sell the gun or arrange for a legal transfer of ownership, you will need to know about the Indiana statutes that regulate these options. For more information, visit www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code and access IC 35-47-2-7 or IC 35-47-2.5 depending on your interest.