Douglas sheriff accepting old ammunition

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County sheriff's office will accept old or unsafe ammunition this month.

Citizens may turn in ammunition for safe disposal between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, though Saturday, Nov. 24, at the office at 920 S. Washington St., Tuscola.

Ammunition can include rifle or pistol rounds, shotgun shells, and shot shell primers.

Anyone turning in ammunition will receive a free gun lock, while supplies last.

Devices with blasting caps or other types of ordnance will be accepted but prior arrangements need to be made before those can be dropped off.

The turn-in is a joint effort of the Douglas County sheriff's office and the University of Illinois Police Department's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

For more information contact the sheriff's office at 217-253-2913.

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rsp wrote on November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

How long can you keep ammo around before it's unsafe? Does it have an expiration date? What should people look for? And lastly, how should ammo be stored? Nobody ever says.

billbtri5 wrote on November 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

some guys collect old ammunition that is still in the box...check around to see if it's worth anything...

serf wrote on November 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm
gfpd wrote on November 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

If you have ammo that is still in the factory box you can sell it to a local gun store. Ammo that has been in a cool dry place will last a lifetime. I would much rather see peoe get some cash instead of a lock that the local police will give away any time. Now if you have ammo that is of unknown manufacturer or damaged by all means take it to the Sherriff. 

rsp wrote on November 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I'm wondering what my sister-in-law did with the tank shell my brother had. He brought it home from the army. He disarmed it but you can't tell that just by looking at it. Some day the bomb squad will get a call...