Safe Handling of Firearms and Ammunition
If you keep a firearm in your home for self-protection or sporting purposes, the Santa Monica Police Department urges you, the gun owner, to incorporate the following “safety” guidelines immediately.
- Upon leaving your residence, always unload your gun!
- Lock the weapon in a secured storage area, such as a gun safe, lockable storage cabinet, or other safe place that is also out reach of children.
- Store your bullets or any other type of ammunition in a separate place that is also lockable.
- If you do not have a safe or other secured area, utilize a trigger lock, which will prevent the gun from accidentally discharging.
- Remember to hide the keys to the to the gun cabinet and/or trigger lock in a different area from where you normally keep your house keys.
- Memorize your gun safe’s lock combination and do not disclose it to anyone who should not have access to your safe.
| To dispose of any unwanted firearms and/or ammunition, you may turn them in to the police department. Please follow these important safety instructions:
- Make sure your firearm(s) are unloaded.
- Preferably, lock your firearm(s) in a secure container.
- Ammunition can be placed in a box or specified ammo can.
- Upon transport, lock the firearm(s) in the trunk of your car and store the ammunition in either the glove box and/or the interior compartment area.
- Drive straight to the police department. Do not stop anywhere else.
- Upon arrival, make contact by calling 310-458-8491. Tell the officer in charge that you want to turn in your firearm(s) and/or ammunition. If you do not have a cell phone, lock your car and go inside and ask for instructions.
- Once your firearm(s) and/or ammunition have been turned over, a receipt will be issued to you for documentation purposes.
If you should ever encounter any type of military ordinance and/or explosives such as grenades, pipe bombs, sticks of dynamite, or containers of gun powder – DO NOT TOUCH! None of these types of munitions should be considered safe regardless of size or packaging.
Contact the police department immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Let the police assess the situation to see if this is a job for the bomb squad.