Questions & Answers

Q1. What is an illegal weapon?

To qualify as an illegal weapon, the firearm must either be possessed illegally and/or illegal on its face. A weapon is possessed illegally if it is in the control of a  person who cannot lawfully have a firearm. Such people can include (but are not limited to):

  • Felons
  • Persons prohibited from possessing by a court as part of a domestic violence protective order
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Illegal aliens
  • Parolees
  • Persons dishonorably discharged from the US Armed Forces

Illegal firearms include:

  • Sawed-off rifles or shotguns
  • Automatic weapons
  • Machine guns
  • Those with illegal silencers
  • Nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons
  • Any firearm that has been altered from its original manufactured state
  • Stolen weapons

Q2: Have other police departments used a Gun Stoppers Program?

Yes, it has been used across the USA and in NC.

Q3: Where does tip money come from?

Crime Stopper is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from citizens and businesses.

The Board of Directors also organizes and hosts fundraisers.

Q4: How does a person report an illegal weapon?

  •        Reporting illegal firearms is easy, and more importantly, callers are not asked to give their names.
  •        Contact Crime Stoppers by calling 336-373-1000 or download our free mobile app:  P3tips. Tips may also be submitted on line at

Q5: What will GPD do with the weapons taken off the street?

If the weapon is stolen, we will attempt to return it to lawful owner.

If owner, and/or weapon is illegal by law, we keep in our library for testing and comparison.

Q6: Can the guns be destroyed?

By NC law, guns can be destroyed only if the serial number is illegible or they are unsafe due to wear and tear/modification.

Otherwise they must be used by the agency, or sold to a licensed dealer.