Members of the Northampton Police Department confiscate a variety of different types of firearms, ammunition, and other weapons each year.  In many cases these weapons are confiscated as a protective measure.  Sometimes family members or friends of a person experiencing changes in mental health or who are experiencing other medical issues, call and request that we hold the weapons for safe keeping.  In other instances an individual's LTC is revoked or suspended as a result of a restraining order or criminal charge. When that occurs we suspend or revoke the LTC or FID and we go to the home and confiscate all of the firearms and ammunition. Alternatively there are instances when officers encounter firearms on the street and they are stolen, used in a crime, or illegally possessed.  In those instances the firearms may be confiscated as evidence.  The following table contains information related to the number of guns that were confiscated by NPD personnel in 2015.  This table does not contain information about crimes that involved firearms, but where the firearm was not recovered by NPD personnel.

This table has been reviewed and recommended by the Open Data Team.

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2015          
Event # Handgun Shotgun/Rifle BB Gun Event Type Notes/Charges
1 0 1 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
2 1 0 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
3 0 3 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
4 7 5 0 Suspended LTC Guns seized
5 1 0 0 Medical Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
6 0 0 1 Incident Charge: Carry Dangerous Weapon on School Grounds
7 0 1 2 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
8 1 0 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
9 1 0 0 Found weapon Charge: Improper storage of a Firearm
10 1 3 0 Revoked LTC Guns seized
11 2 0 0 Assist Citizen Guns held for safe keeping at family/friend request
12 1 0 0 MV Stop Charge: Carrying Firearms While Intoxicated
13 1 0 0 Medical Gun held for safekeeping
14 1 0 0 MV Stop Charge: OUI, Alcohol
15 7 8 0 Disturbance Gun held for safekeeping
16 1 0 0 Found weapon Gun turned over to PD for safe keeping
17 1 0 0 MV Stop Charges: Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm Without a License 2nd Offense, Firearm Violation with 2 Prior Drug Charges
18 0 1 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
TOTAL: 26 22 3    
           
2014          
Event # Handgun Shotgun/Rifle BB Gun Event Type Notes/Charges
1 1 0 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
2 2 6 0 Medical Guns held for safe keeping
3 0 6 1 Breaking&Entering Gun held for safe keeping
4 1 2 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
5 1 0 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at resident request
6 0 4 0 Criminal Investigation Guns held for safe keeping
7 0 1 0 Fire Gun held for safe keeping
8 2 0 0 Criminal Investigation Guns seized
9 1 18 0 Suspended LTC Guns seized
10 0 1 0 Disturbance Gun seized
11 0 1 0 Suspended LTC Guns seized
12 1 0 0 Theft Charges: Possess Firearm Without a License, Deface Firearm Serial Number, Possess Ammo Without an FID Card, Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
13 1 1 0 Revoked LTC Guns seized
14 13 14 0 Revoked LTC Guns seized
15 0 2 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at family/friend request
16 2 4 1 Suspended LTC Guns seized
TOTAL: 25 60 2    
           
2013          
Event # Handgun Shotgun/Rifle BB Gun Event Type Notes/Charges
1 1 0 0 Assist Other Agency Seized- Incident occurred out of jurisdiction, charges filed by other PD
2 1 0 0 Suspended LTC Gun seized
3 1 0 0 Found property Gun held for safe keeping
4 0 1 0 Suspended LTC Gun seized
5 2 2 0 Suspended LTC Gun seized
6 0 0 1 Disturbance Gun held for safe keeping
7 46 102 13 Gun buy back Guns held for safe keeping and tagged for destruction
8 0 1 0 Assist Other Agency Seized- Incident occurred out of jurisdiction, charges filed by other PD
9 1 0 0 Investigation Charges: Possess Firearm Without a License, Possess Ammo Without a License, Improper Storage of a Firearm Where Minors Are Present
10 0 1 0 Assist Citizen Gun held for safe keeping at resident request
11 1 1 0 Suspended LTC Guns seized
12 0 2 0 Medical Gun held for safe keeping
13 1 0 0 Investigation Charges: Possess Firearm Without a License, Possess Ammo Without a License, Possess to Distribute Class B Drug, Possess to Distribute Class D Drug, Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
14 0 1 0 MV Stop Charges: Possess Saw-off Shotgun, Possess Firearm Without a License, Possess Ammo Without a License, Possess Class C Drug
15 0 0 1 Investigation Charges: Distribute Class B Drug, Possess to Distribute Class D Drug, Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, A&B on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct
16 0 0 1 Disturbance Charges: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)
TOTAL: 54 111 16