Turn in fireworks, weapons without consequence Saturday at amnesty events

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 00:29:32-04

Local law-enforcement agencies are encouraging residents to turn in any firearms and unused fireworks without consequence Saturday at "amnesty events" at three locations.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, bring any guns, ammunition, unused fireworks and/or any other explosive devices — no questions asked — to any of the following locations for disposal:

  • Omaha Fire Station #43, 5505 N. 103rd St.
  • Seymour Smith Park, 72nd & Harrison streets
  • Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, 1400 Big Lake Road, Council Bluffs, west parking lot

If you have a firearm you would like to dispose of, authorities suggest you attempt to turn in an unloaded weapon. However, if you are unable to unload the gun, or are unsure whether it's loaded, authorities suggest you ask for help before remove it from your vehicle for disposal.

In addition to providing an opportunity for proper disposal, Saturday's event allows authorities the opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of fireworks and other explosives, according to a press release.

Agencies participating in the event are the Omaha Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, La Vista Police Department, Ralston Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, Papillion Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Ralston Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska State Fire Marshal and Omaha Public Works Department.