Try ZOSO boxes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I am of the understanding (or misunderstanding) that once an area is declared as a zone of special operations that people in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, etc, are expected to surrender them to the police. However, this is under the assumption that such individuals are willing to do so and risk being apprehended.

I cannot comprehend why a hardened gunman would want to deliver his gun to the police in person. Therefore, an idea that the joint forces can consider is the installation of receptacles in strategic locations for the deposit of guns, ammunition, etc, and can be similar in design to book return boxes (ie items can be put in by anyone but can only be taken out by someone with a key). These receptacles should be large, made of sturdy material and tamper-proof. Additionally, these receptacles should be riveted in place to prevent mischievous individuals from removing them and they can only be removed by using specialised tools that are in possession of only the joint force.

There could be a period of X days within which individuals are given the opportunity to put their illegal items in the receptacle. After that period has ended, the receptacle can be uninstalled and removed by the authorities and the weapons extracted. Then a search of all premises within the zone would be the next step in order to seize the remaining firearms that were not willingly surrendered into the receptacle.

It would be a good idea also for the police to use dogs to detect explosives that may have been placed inside. This seems to be a better idea than having instances where people dispose of guns in a pile of garbage or in an open lot, wherein anyone else can simply take them.

The Writer

blackpencilpoint@gmail.com

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