CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As the national debate over gun control continues, people in three southern Maine communities were turning in their unwanted firearms Saturday.
The Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth police departments teamed up with State Police for a program called Safe Communities Maine. It gives people who have guns or ammunition they don't want an opportunity to safely dispose of them. The idea for the program came about when local police departments were trying to find ways to dispose of their own supply of guns stored in evidence. State police volunteered to destroy them through the bomb squad, and offered to take guns and ammunition from the public as well.
Those who wished to donate their guns could do so. Those guns will be sold through a federally licensed firearms dealer and the proceeds will go to the Special Olympics.
The four locations collected between sixty and seventy firearms Saturday.
The departments are also handing out free gun locks and information on firearms safety courses.