Using the lure of $100 gift cards, the Chicago Police Department is encouraging people to get guns out of their homes and turn them in this Saturday, during the annual gun turn-in program. …
First Deputy Supt. Alfonza Wysinger says anyone who turns in a real gun will get a $100 gift card. Replicas and BB guns are worth $10.
“No questions asked,” Wysinger said. “Just show up at the church, and hand over the weapons to the CPD officer that will be there, and get your $100 gift card. So we strongly suggest that people come out that have weapons lying around the house, or weapons, maybe, that they don’t necessarily want in their house. This is a chance to get some money for their weapon, and get another dangerous weapon on the street.”
via CBS Chicago.
I wish I heard about this a few weeks ago. I could have pick-up a few cheap old worthless guns at an auction in Indiana or Wisconsin and made a few bucks. Maybe I’ll get myself ready for next year.
Kudos to the CPD for completely wasting taxpayer money on a program that does absolutely nothing to reduce crime. Functioning illegal guns are worth more on the street than $100. Simple economics dictate that this program is nothing more than a PR event.