guns associated press photo
It's not a buy-back. There are no gift cards. But the Thurston County Sheriff is accepting unwanted firearms on Saturday. (AP Photo/file)

Gun 'turn-in,' not 'buy-back' in Olympia Saturday

It's not a buy-back. There are no gift cards. But the Thurston County Sheriff is accepting unwanted firearms on Saturday.

The gun turn-in program was prompted by the shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin.

"We saw an increase in the number of calls that we got here at the sheriff's office from people in our community saying 'Hey, I've got these unwanted guns, I've never wanted them [...] Can you help me?'"

Unlike Seattle's buy-back day, scheduled for the following Saturday, Jan. 27, the Thurston County program offers no incentives other than getting rid of a gun that might otherwise be stolen in a burglary.

If the gun owner requests it, the gun will be destroyed. Otherwise, Elwin says the sheriff's office will exchange the firearm for ammunition.

"We trade the firearms to a federally licensed firearms dealer for credit and then we use that credit to purchase ammunition for our firearms training program here at the sheriff's office," said Elwin.

The gun turn-in runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McLane Black Lake Fire Department on Delphi Road N.W. in Olympia.

Elwin says the sheriff is already planning a larger event for later in the year that could include a buy-back provision if sponsors can be found.

Tim Haeck, KIRO Radio Reporter
Tim Haeck is a news reporter with KIRO Radio. While Tim is one of our go-to, no-nonsense reporters, he also has a sensationally dry sense of humor and it will surprise some to learn he is a weekend warrior.
Top Stories

  • Workers In Danger?
    A state investigation found the 520 bridge contractor committed serious safety violations

  • Police Hackathon
    The Seattle Police Department is holding its first-ever hackathon with 35 tech experts
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.