The 3-Minute Interview: Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin

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Sheriff Popkin is asking gun owners who no longer want their guns to turn them in on Saturday, no questions asked. Montgomery County is one of 20 counties around the state collecting guns. Weapons and bullets can be turned in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and the East County Regional Services Center in Silver Spring.

What is the gun turn-in program?

A safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted guns and ammunition.

Does the program work?

This is not your typical gun buy-back program. Donations will be made to the Baltimore Shock Trauma Unit by benefactors and charitable organizations for every gun turned in.

What's going to happen to the guns?

The guns will be processed to see whether they were used in crimes. Guns will be melted down.

Has Montgomery County done this before? How many guns came in? What kind?

This is a part of the inaugural state-wide effort being conducted in 20 jurisdictions in Maryland, coordinated by Attorney General Doug Gansler's office.

Let's change subjects. Where are you from?

I am a life-long resident of Montgomery County. I was raised in the great city of Rockville.

Why did you go into law enforcement?

Law enforcement is an opportunity to serve the public and keep our community safe.

What's the best thing about your job?

The ability to interact with community members on a daily basis.

What's the most challenging thing about it?

The most challenging part of my job is seeing the damaging effect on children who are witnesses to and victims of family violence.

-- Scott McCabe

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