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WPD conducting a firearm take back program for residents to dispose of pistols, rifles, and shotguns

COURTESY PHOTO - gun lockThe Woodburn Police Department is conducting a firearm turn-in program.

WPD accepts guns from residents who wish to dispose of unwanted pistols, rifles or shotguns they own.

Firearms from the program will be stored at the Woodburn Police Department awaiting permanent disposal.

Woodburn residents can call WPD's non-emergency phone number, 503-982-2345, to request an officer to pick up their firearms from their home, or they may bring their firearms to the police department in a vehicle.

Residents who transport their firearms by car must do so in a legal manner, and leave them in the vehicle prior to contacting WPD at the public counter.

Firearms must be unloaded when officers collect them, and residents will be required to sign a release and waiver form.

"This is a community safety program that we are offering," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. "We know there are times people come into possession of a gun and they no longer wish to have it around, or they aren't sure where it came from. This program allows residents a safe, lawful way to dispose of unwanted guns in a way that keeps the community safe."

The department also has free gun locks available for pick up by Woodburn residents at the front counter. Included with the gun locks is information on suicide prevention organizations and crisis hotlines.

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