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Worth a shot? Tacoma mulls gun ‘drop boxes’

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Worth a shot? Tacoma mulls gun ‘drop boxes’

Anyone in the port city who wants to get rid of a gun discreetly, Taborrok said, has an easy option: toss it in Puget Sound.

Gun control advocates in Tacoma, Wash., are thinking inside the box — literally — with a controversial proposal to set up a gun “drop box” to encourage residents to turn in firearms, no questions asked.

The city of 203,000 has similar collection boxes for drugs, and officials say a secure, steel box can help get guns off the streets without subjecting nervous citizens to police interaction.

“The main intent and goal is just to get these weapons off the streets,” Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell told the The News Tribune, stressing that the program is still in its planning stages.

Dubious critics say a box full of guns could prove tempting to criminals — and that’s if people actually took the city up on the offer.

“In other news: New Gun store for criminals opens in Tacoma called: The Drop Box,” one person tweeted.

Tacoma Police Union President Sgt. Jim Barrett doubts the boxes will get much use.

“Are we really expecting these people to walk down the street to this drop box, with the gun tucked in their shorts, and drop it off?” he asked. “It doesn’t seem to me to be a thought-out process as of right now.”

A host on KIRO’s “Tom and Curley Show” agreed.

“We have this need in the community to have a place where people can innocently drop guns in boxes,” he continued. “Can you imagine someone walking up to the box — right? — look around and the put the gun in there? Can you believe anyone would do that?”

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