An Act To Establish a Statewide Voluntary Firearm Collection Day and Ongoing Program
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2015 is enacted to read:
§ 2015. Statewide voluntary firearm collection day and ongoing program
The Commissioner of Public Safety, referred to in this section as "the commissioner," in accordance with the provisions of this section shall design, implement and administer an annual statewide voluntary firearm collection day, referred to in this section as the "collection day," and a statewide voluntary firearm collection program, referred to in this section as the "collection program."
After reviewing the report required under this subsection, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice and public safety matters may report out a bill relating to the report.
This bill directs the Commissioner of Public Safety to design, implement and administer a statewide voluntary firearm collection day, the purpose of which is to provide to any person an annual, one-day opportunity to voluntarily turn over any firearm or ammunition in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer at a number of sites conveniently located throughout the State.
The commissioner is also required to facilitate the establishment of a year-round voluntary firearm collection program administered by the Bureau of State Police that, at a minimum, is designed to provide to any person the opportunity to voluntarily turn over any firearm or ammunition in the person's possession to a state police officer at any facility or function of the Bureau of State Police to which members of the public are regularly allowed admission.
The commissioner is directed to provide technical assistance and, as necessary and as resources allow, financial assistance to municipal and county law enforcement agencies that elect to participate in the voluntary firearm collection day or elect to establish an ongoing local voluntary firearm collection program. A person may not be charged a fee to turn over a firearm or ammunition to a law enforcement officer during the collection day or through a collection program and is required only to provide the law enforcement officer the person's name, mailing address and telephone number. Firearms and ammunition collected are to be destroyed, except for those firearms determined to have been stolen or used in the commission of a criminal act or that are otherwise sought as evidence in a criminal investigation or prosecution.