Gun Buyback In Lansing Nets 112 Firearms

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Lansing police say their latest gun buyback program has brought in 122 firearms.

The guns were brought in Saturday afternoon at the Tabernacle of David Church. The previous buyback drive was in August, when people brought 100 guns.

Those turning in weapons got Meijer gift cards.

In August, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit teamed up with police to take dangerous weapons off the street through program.

“This battle is ours,” said Detroit Bishop Donald Hanchon. “We are not just involved it as recipients of the bad news — we can do something to change the bad news.”

The guns collected during that buyback included at least six assault weapons and a handful of sawed-off shotguns. Detroit police yielded 365 guns and a total of $16,820 was paid for the weapons.

People turning in an unloaded, operational handgun received up to $50 and up to $100 for two or more operational handguns. Those submitting assault weapons got up to $100.

Detroit police said they will check to make sure the guns have not been involved in any criminal activity and, eventually, the guns will be destroyed.

For more information about gun buyback programs in the city, call Detroit Police Department’s community services at 313-224-3945.
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