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WWII Pistol Dropped Off at Virginia’s Gun Giveback

The pistol is likely to be a Colt M1911 .45, a standard-issue US Military sidearm during WWII. Image from History Wars Weapons

A WWII pistol is one of 28 guns turned in during a Fredericksburg, Virginia gun give back. 

The city of Fredericksburg, Virginia has an annual gun give-back to get unwanted guns out of circulation and disposed of. The goal is to not only lessen the numbers of guns in the city because they are unwanted, but to help so that they aren’t used in crimes, or in an accidental shooting. Since the event began in 2014, over 100 unwanted firearms have been turned in to the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Among the guns that were turned in was an old WWII pistol. The pistol was issued to the anonymous donor’s father by the Army around 1944. The note that came with the gun when it was turned in read, “He has since died, and I am unable to use it safely.” The note ended with a heart-shaped exclamation point. Here’s the note:

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Each gun donated to the giveback would result in a $100 donation by philanthropist Doris Buffet to a local charity. The event is held as a “giveback,” instead of a buy back, because, under Virginia law, guns returned for a reward must be offered to firearm dealers for purchase.

The guns collected this year ranged from pistols and other small firearms to hunting rifles and shotguns. All guns were donated anonymously.

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WWII Pistol Dropped Off at Virginia’s Gun Giveback