Bristol cops to take drugs and guns


In an effort to safely dispose of residents’ unwanted pharmaceuticals and firearms, the Bristol Police Department will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Also on this day, the Bristol Police Department will accept any unwanted firearms and/or ammunition that the town’s residents wish to dispose of.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bristol Police Department.

This is the seventh such event that the Bristol Police Department has participated in with the DEA.

The take back day offers safe and legal disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including prescription controlled substances.

In concert with the drug take back, Bristol Police will also collect any unwanted firearms and ammunition from the community. A qualified Bristol Police Department armor will be on site to oversee the proper transfer of all firearms turned in.


Those dropping off firearms and/or ammunition are asked to follow the guidelines below to adhere to legal and safety concerns:

  • Weapon must be delivered unloaded.
  • Firearms must be in a box or bag.
  • If turning in firearms and ammunition simultaneously, all ammunition must be in a separate bag or container.
  • All weapons must be transported to police headquarters in the truck of the vehicle.
  • Once arriving at police headquarters, a qualified Bristol Police Department armour will remove the weapon(s) and/or ammunition from the vehicle.


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