MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Gun violence throughout Memphis is an ongoing concern. To get a few of these weapons off the streets, the Memphis Police Division is accepting firearms in trade for groceries and fuel.
“You’ll be able to completely get more cash promoting it. Folks pay half a Okay for weapons every single day,” stated Mike Faye, Memphis.
The Memphis Police Division is accepting weapons and assault rifles in trade for fuel and grocery present playing cards. An occasion Faye doesn’t imagine will garner a big turnout.
“So far as younger folks coming in voluntarily gifting away their weapons, naw, as a result of initially they homie can be such as you gave it away for 100. You may have offered it to me,” stated Faye.
MPD is providing $50 Kroger present playing cards for handguns and $100 fuel playing cards for assault rifles. State Consultant Antonio Parkinson agrees with the intent, however not the strategy.
“Individuals who present as much as these buyback packages are the aged or folks in survival mode, who want these fuel playing cards and groceries playing cards. However that’s not the goal. The goal is to get these weapons off the road. These weapons aren’t on the streets. They’re in any person’s grandma’s closet,” stated Rep. Antonio Parkinson, (D) Shelby County.
“You could have a firearm in your home and it was simply you and your partner. Now, your residing scenario has modified. And a few folks don’t really feel comfy with firearms of their home,” stated Memphis Police Division spokesperson Louis Brownlee.
MPD stated folks can merely promote undesirable firearms, however they’re providing another choice.
“This fashion you recognize that this firearm shouldn’t be going to somebody on the streets or positioned someplace the place a juvenile can come up with it,” stated Brownlee.
MPD stated there’s information from 2017 and 2018 that present the month after they collected weapons, there was a discount in crime. Nevertheless, they cannot immediately hyperlink it to this system. Parkinson believes a greater approach to hold weapons out of the fingers of the fallacious folks is thru providing gun security programs in trade for firearms.
MPD stated they are going to have gun locks available Saturday they usually hand locks out at no cost in any respect precincts. The occasion is Saturday, November 13, from 10-2.
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