Bryan Cohen May 8, 2013, 6:02pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler has announced his office is partnering with Maryland State Police and local law enforcement Saturday for the 1st Annual Statewide Gun Turn-In Day.

The event will give residents the opportunity to safely and voluntarily dispose of their unwanted firearms. Local and state enforcement agencies will be on hand at multiple turn-in locations to accept shotguns, rifles and handguns for safe disposal. No advance appointments are necessary and no personal identification is required.

"Any Marylander who has a gun that is no longer wanted will be able get rid of it safely, no questions asked," Gansler said. "Our goal is to provide a simple means for families to make their homes and communities safer. I want to thank the Maryland State Police and the many county and local law enforcement agencies for their hard work building safer communities throughout Maryland and making this statewide public safety event possible."

There will be gun turn-in locations in 20 of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions with convenient drop-off points for all residents. Residents can turn in firearms in any county, whether or not they are residents of that county.

All firearms will be accepted and they do not need to be in working order. The firearms should be transported and handled safely and unloaded. Residents should follow all instructions given by the law enforcement officers at the gun turn-in location.

After the gun is surrendered it may be processed through law enforcement databases to see if it has been reported as stolen or flagged as being used in committing a crime.

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