Dallas Buyback Program: Guns for Grocery Cards


MATTHEW HAAG
The Dallas Morning News
February 28, 2009

The city of Dallas’ gun buyback program yielded 147 guns in exchange for $50 grocery store gift cards Saturday, the city announced.

Although many of the guns turned in were generations-old rifles and shotguns, a few of the guns more typically used in crimes – handguns – were collected.

[cf]efoods[/cf]“This shows that people will be behind a positive activity,” said Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who spearheaded the event at Reunion Arena. “Some of those guns are ones our officers are up against.”

Throughout the morning, a steady stream of young and old braved the cold weather to turn in their guns. Mayor Tom Leppert said he initially expected officers would take in about 20 weapons. But just an hour and a half into the event, 77 guns had been exchanged for $50 Kroger cards.

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