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):
- Persons prohibited from possessing by a court as part of a domestic violence protective order
- Fugitives from justice
- Illegal aliens
- 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 texting to 274637 using the key word badboyz. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.ggcrimestop.org
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.