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Linn County Deputies to ask some people to hand over guns for safekeeping

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff's Office have new rules regarding mental health and substance abuse calls. Deputies are now required to ask if the person has weapons in the home. If they do, deputies must ask the person if they're okay handing over the guns for safekeeping. It's something most deputies have been doing but now it's mandatory.

"There really wasn't anything in writing to require the deputies to do it," said Brian Gardner, Linn County Sheriff. "Sometimes it's a judgment call where now that judgment call has been taken away from the deputies. Now they know it's expected of them."

The only time deputies seize weapons from the home without permission is if the person is at risk to harming themselves or others. The other exception is if a court orders the weapons be removed.

"If we can safeguard them by removing the weapons voluntarily, if they ask us to do this, allow us to do this, then I think it's better for public safety as a whole if we're able to do this," said Gardner.

Weapons will be returned after the mental health or substance abuse issue has been resolved.
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