‘Guns to garden tools’ gets unwanted firearms off street in Portland, Maine

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Hundreds of unwanted or unused firearms were collected across Cumberland County Saturday and will soon be turned into garden tools. (WGME)

The guns will go through an inspection process before being cut up and shipped to company in Colorado that will turn the metal into garden tools.

By WGME, May 11th 2019

Guns to garden tools: it’s a unique program that kicked off Sunday across Cumberland County in an effort to get unwanted firearms off the streets.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., people had the opportunity to drop off unwanted or unused firearms or ammunition at nine local police departments.

The guns will go through an inspection process before being cut up and shipped to company in Colorado that will turn the metal into garden tools.

The reclaimed tools will then be sent back here to Maine and distributed to local schools and community gardens.

“It’s better than them just being cut up or demolished and getting no use out of what can be pretty high quality material,” Geoff Bickford with the Maine Gun Safety Coalition said. “Now we’ll get something back and be able to distribute it to the community.”

According to the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, more than 150 guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition were collected at the 9 departments across Cumberland County during the giveback.

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