'Get Rid Of Your Guns For Gifts' Program A Success

Chicago area gun owners traded in their firearms for gift cards on Saturday as part of the fourth annual "Gun Buy-Back" event.

People had 27 different sites around the city to choose from.

Gun owners received gift cards ranging from $10 to $100, depending on the gun.

Police say as of late Saturday, they've collected nearly 2,000 guns.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    These people turning in their guns are doing so because the gun is worthless, has been used in a crime, is stolen or other wise not of use any more. They are not people like you and I that keep guns for protection or hunting. The gun laws in Chicago can not be compared to those of NC. To the cops and the wife's of cops, you need a better understanding of Chicago, this is one crooked city, From the mayor on down. When they die they are screwed into the ground.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    No guns= no resistance. check this out www.GoArmy look under jobs type in internment officers listed under police officers I read into it they want to hire 62 for internment and resettlement.Now to hold captive and resettle who? you?
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 17, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Haha, Its "greenbacks for guns". Go head and double up and buy a car in cash for clunkers too. These people are so dumb, don't turn in your guns, please. You just erode our constitutional rights.
  • by A Cop Location: North Carolina on Aug 16, 2009 at 10:12 PM
    Bob Post - To tell the truth Bob there have been criminals that turn their guns in. As far as it being anti-gun freaks with a political goals you might be right. I dont know there but I know the programs I have seen in North Carolina have been started by police officers who are worried about their communities. Yes politicians do ride the backs of these programs for their own reasons but the police have to get the money from somewhere to fund the programs and yes it is ur tax money buying the guns. But the hope is that your 0.00000001 % that was in the fund along with mine makes it so neither of us has to deffend ourself against a person with a gun that was just stolen out of the lady's house down the road that she didnt know what to do with it but if the program where in her area could have been turned in because she didnt want it. We dont want guns from citizens who want to deffend themselves and got them the right way. And I would love to see these stats from the other countries.
  • by A Cop Location: North Carolina on Aug 16, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    In response to CCW post. Yes the goal is to get stolen weapons off the street but also to give citizens a way to dispose of weapons they no long need or want. Some of the people who bring these guns in have had them in the back of a closet sitting for years and dont know what to do with them. Those weapons are the dangerous kind they are the ones that children find. They are the ones that crooks take when ur not home. This program gives people a safe way to get rid of them and feel good that they will not be used by one of the dangerous people that have hurt others. KJ Post The people turning these guns in are not giving up a freedom. We are not forcing them to hand them over like Hitler did. These people dont want them and come to us we dont go to them. As far as removing felons from our street we all need to look at our court system for that answer but ur right. What we hope to do with these programs is make guns less available.Its one less weapon floating out there.
  • by A Cop Location: North Carolina on Aug 16, 2009 at 09:37 PM
    It is nice to see all the response to this story. The sad thing is to see that not all of the story is being told for you to be able to form an opinion. Mr.T a gun buy back program is legal and no where in the general stautes does it say a department can only have guns as duty weapons. Yes that is the prime reason for them but police departments use many types of weapons for everyday training. In reference to several comments about the guns being used in crimes that is true. They are a dangerous weapon if held by the wrong person. The part of the story that you are not being told is that each gun bought back is run through the a data base before anything is done with it. If the gun is stolen the department trys to return it to the rightful and legal onwer. If the gun was used in a crime it is turned over to the agency that needs it.
  • by Good thing Location: NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Bob: go to your town meeting and suggest more police officers patroling our blocks. They can't be everywhere all the time, but he DOES HIS BEST. So if this program means taking ONE gun off the street, whether it was stolen or used for a crime, it is one less weapon he and other officers have to worry about causing bodily harm to them. I would say that I believe you are crazy if you dont have a weapon in your possesion to fight off an attack. The town officals nor police department want us to give up the one thing that offers us a peace of mind. They are making our streets safer for our families. Australia and England make their own laws, the US is not part of that decision. These programs are done through the police department, not our public officials. We are always so quick to judge them, but you cant place the blame on them nor anyone else until you have done something about the situation yourself. I have done my part, I have offered my husbands life to protect critics like you.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Aug 16, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    They should call this program, "Trade in your constitutional rights for a gift card."
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 16, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    I am sure most of you realize that the guns being turned in were probably stolen. These would be the only ones the criminals would turn in. They are not going to give up the tools of their trade. I don't anyone is blaming the police for this gun turn in. It is the politicos who wish to look like they are doing something good or pandering to the anti-gun freaks. Do you really think the criminals care about gun laws, the only ones who careabout gun laws are law abidding citizens. The law abidding citizen needs his gun to defend himself/herself and their family. The police can not be everywhere at once and the time to respond to an incident is normally not fast enough to stop an assault or murder. It is not their fault. Any gun can be used as a "cop killer" or "citizen killer" in the wrong hands and you can't gurantee me that ALL guns will be taken, so I will keep mine for self defense. They took away guns in Australia and England and the crime rate rose rapidly. Thank ur husband!
  • by KJ Location: Washington, NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    To Good thing: First let me say that I applaud you and your husband being willing to make the sacrifices required for a career in law enforcement. I must say that I respectfully disagree with you on your point of how much good is done by destroying guns. Please don't villianize guns, they are inanimate objects until in the hands of a person, be they a police officer or a felon. The person holding it decides if it will be used for right or wrong. A felon will no doubt have any trouble getting another gun to ply his trade, while the honest citizen must follow "the rules" to obtain another. My point is that even if every gun were removed from the public domain, the felon would simply find another inanimate object to use to prey upon the public. Guns don't need to be removed from the public, the felons do. Once again, thank you to your family for standing in the fire and upholding the laws of our land.
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