SOUTH PORTLAND – The city’s police department, in the wake of last month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn., is reaching out to residents with an offer: Turn in your “unwanted, forgotten, unsafe or potentially illegal firearms or ammunition,” and no questions will be asked.

South Portland Police Lt. Frank Clark said in a press release Wednesday that the department gets calls occasionally from residents who find firearms in their homes or in a relative’s home and don’t know what to do with them.

The department, and many other departments, historically have accepted firearms to dispose of properly, but Clark said it made sense to let the public know about this service in light of recent events, which have spurred a widespread discussion about gun ownership.

The goal is to reduce the amount of guns that end up in the hands of inappropriate or untrained people, Clark said. All firearms will be destroyed, not resold.

Anyone who wants to turn over a firearm can contact the South Portland Police Department at 799-5511, extension 7236 or extension 7242.