By Ron Marasco
Some metro police departments are trying to get people to turn their firearms over. As part of National Police Week, Urbandale Police held a gun take back event Wednesday afternoon.
They didn't offer any incentives, but people showed up anyway.
From rifles to pistols to ammo, a few dozen people took advantage of the event and dropped weapons off.
"There's a lot of people out there that might not know what to do with it (a weapon), so it ends up basically being stored in a closet, and this allows them that opportunity to get it out of the house," said Urbandale Police Officer Jeff Casey.
Another purpose: Get weapons off the street that could be used committing acts of violence.
"I'm a staunch believer in getting as many guns off the street as possible, even those that are not in use," said one Urbandale resident who turned in a rifle.
"The weapons are going to be checked to make sure they weren't used in a crime at one time or another," said Casey. "And then once we've completed that, then they will be destroyed."
Urbandale resident Jodi Cameron turned in her gun because she doesn't want it in the wrong hands, plus she has a personal reason.
"I had a nephew that committed suicide a year and a half ago, and I just wanted the gun to be out of the house," said Cameron.
Police collected 12 rifles, two pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammo - some pretty interesting. One person turned in World War II Russian rifle. Someone else handed over ammo that dates back to 1943.
A few protestors tried to buy any weapons and ammo before people turned them in. They didn't have any takers, but they did have a message.
"We would not destroy them," said Knoxville resident Zoea Warnick. "We would be able to put them back out so people can use guns and use them to keep themselves safe."
Another turn-in event is scheduled for Friday, May 17th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at most Metro police departments:
Des Moines Police Dept. E 1st and Court in Des Moines 515-283-4811
Pleasant Hill Police Dept. 5151 Maple Rd. in Pleasant Hill 515-265-1444
Johnston Police Dept. 6221 Merle Hay Rd. in Johnston 515-278-2345
Mitchellville Police Dept. 110 2nd NE in Mitchellville
Ankeny Police Dept. 411 SW Ordinance Rd. in Ankeny 515-289-5240