Greendale Resident Organizing 'Turn in Guns' Event

Blogger Jazon Patzfahl is looking for police departments and businesses to help coordinate an event where people can turn in guns to authorities.

Blogger Jason Patzfahl is attempting to organize "A Day To Turn In Your Gun" event, in which residents can turn in firearms to a police department with no questions asked.

He first reached out to Greendale Chief Robert Malasuk asking for the department's participation. The chief declined the offer due to the political implications, Malasuk told Patch. 

Patzfahl recently wrote a blog about his stance against guns and his personal experience losing a co-worker in a shooting.

"If you own a gun, especially a semi-automatic weapon, hand it in to the local police," Patzfahl wrote in the blog. "They are the only ones who should have these killing machines in the first place."

Even though he wanted to keep it local in Greendale, Patzfahl plans to reach out to other area police departments. By law, a police department needs to be the one taking the guns in an event such as this.

People can turn in their fire arms for proper disposal to any police department at anytime.

Residents in Baltimore turned in more than 460 guns to the police in response to the violent attack on a Connecticut elementary school. A local supermarket chain sponsored the event by giving away $100 gift cards to people who turned in their guns.

Patzfahl is trying to recruit business sponsors to do the same. 

Bren December 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The police chief thinks there are political implications involved in gun turn-in amnesty programs? That's interesting. There have indeed been a number of good amnesty and buy-back programs in other communities, including Milwaukee.
Momof2 December 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I agree. If people choose to do this of their own free will, more power to them. Hopefully they won't turn away anyone who takes the initiative.
Original Greendale Insider December 20, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Oh please...What a waste of time!!! The people who commit crimes and acts of violence with guns won't be the ones turning in their guns. Another ridiculous example of the liberal mentality.
Bren December 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
OGI, guns that are turned in by people who no longer want them are guns that can't be stolen in a home burglary, for example, by people who might intend to use them. Any effort to keep guns from the hands of criminals is not a waste of time. I'd "say" this is "another ridiculous example" of the illiberal "mentality" but I'll forbear as you possibly didn't think your reaction all the way through before your fingers started typing. ; )
Original Greendale Insider December 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Bren, Maybe you need to do some research on the success of gun turn in/buy back programs around the country. It doesn't even come close to putting a dent in gun crimes. At best, it is just a feel good activity. If you really want to put a dent in gun crimes, we need to get more vigilent about punishing criminals and putting more police on the street.
CowDung December 20, 2012 at 03:50 AM
"Patzfahl recently wrote a blog about his stance against guns and his personal experience loosing a co-worker in a shooting. " I believe that the correct term would be 'losing', not 'loosing'...
Jason Patzfahl December 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
-35 percent of homes contain at least one gun -1.7 million children live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns -39 percent of kids know where their parents' guns are stored -22 percent of kids say that they have handled the weapons despite adults' warnings to stay away. -More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots Until this "Drop Your Arms" event is operational, The Greendale Police Department has told me that they always accept unwanted firearms. Christmas season is closing in, so retailers are VERY busy, as is our own police department, but things are moving along... While my personal stance is against gun-ownership, this is not an attempt to change legislation or take guns away from hunters or sportsmen, but to simply remove ANY unwanted firearms from ANY home with the aided urging of a local police department and the cooperation of a business willing to hand you a gift card if you hand in a gun. Wish me luck ~ It seems as though I may need it! Back to work I go!!!


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