Sheriff's Office holding 'Amnesty Day' in Beaufort County

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is working with the U.S. Military Thursday to get guns off the streets. If you take weapons to certain locations during this event, you will face no criminal charges.

Guns, ammo, and explosives are just some of the things people are allowed to drop off. Captain Scott Johnson with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says 2010 was the last time they did an Amnesty Day.

"Weapons. A lot of pistols. We've had some black powder. A lot of ammunition that they're turning in," Captain Johnson said.

People are turning in weapons and ammo that they don't want anymore, but Johnson says they've received a few weapons that probably shouldn't be on the streets.

"If they are in possession of something they are not supposed to have, they could be criminally charged, so that's why this event allows them, if they have an illegal item, they can bring it in at no penalty to them. We ask no questions. We take it, and we destroy it safely," Captain Johnson said.

Many people wonder where the weapons and ammunition go. The weapons go into evidence and then some of them are destroyed, whereas others go into police equipment.

"There is no money exchange. We don't sell the weapons. All the other items they are black powder and firearms and that type of thing will be disposed of in a proper way," the captain said.

If you decide to bring in things, you can bring in guns, ammunition, fireworks, flares, explosives, military ordinance, and hazardous items such as blasting caps, fuse igniters, primers, black powder, etc).

The following three drop-off locations will be available from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.:

  • The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Range – Shanklin Rd. in Burton.
  • BCSO’s substation – Shelter Cove Ln. on Hilton Head Island
  • Beaufort County's property behind the Parker's on Barrel Landing Rd. in Okatie

If you just so happen to miss the deadline of 6 p.m. on Thursday, you can also drop the items off at the sheriff's office.

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