Beau Dusz

WADSWORTH: A councilman who serves on the city’s Safety Committee has asked Wadsworth officials to consider a procedure for taking back ammunition, as is done with outdated or unused prescription drugs.

John Sharkey, Ward 3, said he attended a concealed weapons class at which someone asked what was to be done with old ammunition. He said neither he nor the class instructor had an answer.

Police Chief Randy Reinke said there was no policy on the issue, but from time to time old ammunition has been brought to the department and was destroyed. He did note that even some hand grenades had been brought in.

Sharkey said some of the ammunition brought home from World War II was not dangerous, but materiel from the Vietnam era could be set off by extreme temperatures.

Susan Hanlon, also a committee member, asked if city officials might consider creating a day like the one for drug take back. She suggested it might be a good countywide issue.

Safety Director Matt Hiscock acknowledged some considerations had to be taken into account when opening up an agency to accepting ammunition. He said he thought there was an official disposal process that would need to be followed.

Sharkey said he had hoped the answer might be using a county bomb squad; Reinke said there is no such unit in Medina County.

Hiscock said he did not know of an ammunition take-back program in the immediate area but would conduct research and discuss the issue with Reinke to determine if it should be implemented and what regulations and restrictions would be needed.

The safety director called the idea a good one, but said there had to be a reason why such a program was not already established.