Guns For Groceries And Basketball

Nearly 900 firearms are off the streets after a gun buyback in Ohio.

Residents in Akron and Cleveland were offered $100 grocery cards, two tickets to a Cavs basketball game and entered into a raffle to win up to $1,000, in exchange for weapons.

Both events were held at area churches and police were on hand to make sure none of the weapons were loaded.

The event was sponsored by several private businesses and local agencies, including local police.

A minister at one of the sponsor sites says he hopes the buyback will help prevent accidental shootings.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 25, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    I'm going to turn in my Browing 12ga auto for $100 food card, you have to be kidding. So you think a thug will give up his/her auto pistol for $100, jim brady think again. I might consider $3000.
  • by Tony Location: New York City on Nov 24, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    A gun has never went to jail or prison?
  • by BUBBA Location: DIXIE COUNTY,FL on Nov 24, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    If they gave out Ice Hockey Tickets. I wonder if anyone would give up their guns?
  • by Daryl Turner Location: Pink Hill on Nov 24, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    As far as North Carolina you can only sell a handgun to another resident of this state. You must have a valid CCW permit for the transfer or a handgun purchase permit from the sheriff. The seller should keep the origional copy of the gun permit.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 24, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Daryl, please explain to the idiot below that put his name as to?????, the law changed several years ago and if you buy a handgun from an individual, you NEED A PERMIT. Daryl and Denver hit the nail right on the head.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 24, 2008 at 03:06 PM
    To MOM: You can take your holier-than-thou attitude and be at peace with the violence on the streets. This buyback does no good whatsoever, but only wastes taxpayer money that could be directed at youth intervention programs. What have I done to make my community safer? I have taken a course in the use of deadly force and carry a concealed weapon. I remain vigilant and will come to the aid of any citizen when the time comes.
  • by Denver Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Wolfgang is right nobody in their right mind is going to give anybody a $5000.00 Bennelli or Ed Brown. For a $100.00 of food coupons,$100.00 in Basketball Tickets,and for some raffel you will never win? Maybe and old 38 with a bent barrel. I was in the US Army and I have been around 1000'S of loaded M16's. I have never seen one rifle or pistol ever get up on its own and pull it own trigger to fire a bullet. Guns do not fire by themselves. If they did we would not have to send anybody to war. Just because I have a sharp knife in my draw. Does not make me a potential criminal. Guns do not kill people ,people kill with guns. Never has a gun commited a crime on its own or a gun ever go to jail.
  • by Daryl Turner Location: Pink Hill on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    Trivia: Who made the following statement? This year will go down in history. For the first time,a civilised nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future. Ok who said it? Answer: Adolph Hitler 1935
  • by Daryl Turner Location: Pink Hill on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns come in enviroments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents and undiciplined children. Period. Ted Nugent MOM: I served as a deputy sheriff, police officer and police chief for over 14 years. I have also worked in a soup kitchen and given food to the needy. I believe that this is a feel good effort on the part of a church that does nothing in any way to reduce crime or violence. This did not get guns off the street it got a broken old rifle or shotgun out of somebodys closet for more than it was worth a good deal for most I am sure. I hoped the food helped some poor person, in these hard times that is the important part. Remember the old saying, When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. Just as true today as the day it was written.
  • by MOM Location: NC on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    Why don't you all stop with all the negative talk about the buyback. At least theses people are trying to get the guns off the streets. What have you done to make your community safer? Other than sit back and complain about the people who are actually trying to make a difference.If you don't have anything positive to say about something good, then my advice to you would be .....keep your mouth shut!
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