Ask a Cop: How can I dispose of old guns?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My grandfather recently had passed away and my wife and I went through his basement and attic. During our search we found a very large amount of .22 shells and two .22 handguns that are very old and look dangerous. Where and how can I get rid of them?

A: You may sell or give away the handguns or visit a gun dealer to see if they might be of value. You also may drop off any old or unwanted ammunition or handguns to the Michigan City Police station front desk in care of me, Sgt. Chris Yagelski, and I will ensure the guns and ammunition are destroyed properly.

Q: When I was living in Kentucky the last 10 years, I got caught a few times driving without a driver’s license and once I got into a small accident and I did not have insurance at the time. I now live in La Porte where went to the License Bureau to get an Indiana Driver’s License. The Indiana License Bureau won’t give me a license because of my past in Kentucky! I’m a single mother with two kids so what am I supposed to do?

A: The answer is Uber or public transportation! Unfortunately, in Kentucky, you created the problem, now you must live with the consequences. Indiana does not let you drive without a license either, and we for sure do not allow you to drive without insurance.

Q: I just love watching "Dateline" and murder mysteries on TV. I am so impressed as police detectives seem to be very knowledgeable about a lot of stuff. Is this just from a lot of experience or do you guys take special classes?

A: Actually, it's both! You must have substantial street experience prior to being considered for the Investigative Division. Homicide investigators attend specialized training in investigative techniques, interviewing and specialized classes in death investigations. Our other staff have specialties which include drug, vice, burglaries and sexual crimes including offenses against children. Once investigators are selected, they attend training in interview and investigation and then are paired with a more experienced detective who guides the “on the job” training. After additional experience, they are selected for further training in their specialty.

Q: Do police officers get to choose which gun they carry while working?

A: Some departments do, however the Michigan City Police issue all officers the same standard firearms, 9mm semi-automatic “Glocks,” which must be carried both on duty and off-duty. Officers are issued this gun so everyone is universal in what gun they carry and ammunition they use. Our officers are crosstrained on all safety aspects as well as loading, unloading and putting officers through different shooting scenarios. This training is done on a monthly basis both in our Virtra training simulator and live shooting at the outdoor range.


Q: How much does it cost to get a copy of an accident report?

A: Accident reports can be obtained through our department for $8, or you may purchase one through the internet at for a $12 fee.

The winner of last column’s $30 gift card sponsored by Larry Fegaras and staff at Galveston Steakhouse here in Michigan City was Judith Galligan of Valparaiso. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of how did Detective Rodriguez know who to immediately arrest for shooting Larry? Larry told him, of course. The riddle said Larry was shot, not killed!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at all of the Family Express stations in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 Family Express Gas Card!


The 8th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins!

Our Michigan City Police Detective Division decided to have a race during our annual Physical Fitness Training.

Five Detectives — Dave, Arwen, Anna, Tim and Steve — all joined in on the competition. Tim beat Arwen by as many places as Dave beat Anna. Steve was not first or third and Arwen was not second. What order did they finish the race?

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext 1020, or email

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