I was suspicious, There was no filming in the area of the turn ins. There was a radio station doing a broadcast at St Sabinas that day and they were kept in another room. Line formed outside the building, they would let groups of 5 into the basement where 5 officers present (1 per person let in) would verify whatever it was was unloaded and it was then removed from the table to card board box's on the floor where each item was tagged and put into an inventory list for the crime lab.
Example would be "Heres a tagged revolver serial number (if it had one), tag number X10932.. " and another officer writing it on a master list.
You would then move down to the table where the debit cards were given. No names asked, nothing. Just a verification from each tagging officer as to what was turned in Generically announced as Pistol, rifle, bb gun so the proper amount was given to the person. No corresponding info was recorded in conjunction with whatever was turned in. No cross-referenced evidence number lining up with the given debt card.
No officers waiting in black helicopters or unmarked squads idling at the exits ready to give chase to anyone. Just one SGT busy directing others still waiting to get in. Of course I believe Sabinas now has security cameras due to vandalism a year or two ago, and there are some Blue light cameras in the neighborhood.
I do recall one of the officers saying Drat I forgot the wd40 with a old man turning in an old beat up 22. (that gives you the idea of what gets turned in on average). Mostly old ladies turning in old revolvers to get those evil things out of the house. And just plain people turning in junk.
You later called a 800 number to activate the card. No names were asked there. You could have called from a pay phone to activate it. Its pretty much a feel good publicity event. Last one Chicago had , some of the members here thought they had some old weapons displayed from a older turn in but it wasn't proven.
If they ever busted someone at a turn in that would be a PR nuclear bomb. Those turn-ins are advertised as no questions asked with immunity/ amnesty to any bringing in guns.
Edited by Yas, 18 June 2012 - 10:12 PM.