“Over the weekend the new Helena based non-profit The National Center for Unwanted Firearms participated in the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.
The idea for The National Center for Unwanted Firearms started back in 2009, but it wasn’t until last year organization became official.
Bruce Seiler and Chip Ayers are the co-founders. Combined they have 80 years of experience working with firearms, and have created a new non-profit organization, to help take unwanted guns off the streets.
Both worked for the U.S. Secret Service, Seiler was an Armorer/Ordinance Specialist.
“So who better than I to know what’s junk and what’s not, and what’s worth keeping, so rather than some legislature make that decision, we thought we would accept some responsibility as a manufacturer, and start a non-profit that helps dispose of firearms and be a junkyard for firearms in America,” said Seiler.
People can submit a gun and choose to have it sold or destroyed.
If the gun has historical value, they’ll help it find its way to a museum.
“I think about all the issues and all the manufacturers I dealt with and the firearms industry, they are making them, but who is getting rid of them? And we don’t want them to fall in the wrong hands,” said Seiler.
In some cases, the guns they receive may be made available to law enforcement for training.
“We have a state that is unique, because we have Senators and Congressmen that are aware of the hunting and firearms. We don’t look at firearms in Montana the way they do in the inner cities. I was 9 when I had my first firearm, my father was an Ordinance Colonel,” said Seiler.
Seiler said back in his time people valued guns differently.
“And we had responsibility. Now they can fall into the wrong hands, times have changed,” said Seiler.
Seiler tells us they will also offer consultation to collectors on the safest way sell to firearms.
You can sell or donate firearms here, or call (833) 448-4867.”