Saturday, February 9, 2013

More Than 100 Guns Collected at Lansing Gun Buyback

More than 110 guns have been collected at Lansing’s second gun buyback Saturday afternoon at the Tabernacle of David Church.

The gun buyback was scheduled to run until 2 p.m., and final tallies were not immediately available.

Lansing Police Public Information Officer, Robert Merritt, said the program has done well. It’s the second time in a year that the department has held such an event, with the most recent buyback being held in August of 2012.

“Our handguns (buybacks) are outnumbering our long guns, so I think it’s a real good success,” Merritt said.

Last August, 60 long guns and 40 handguns were turned in.

Those turning in weapons were paid with Meijer gift cards, thus the “Guns for Groceries” moniker the city used to promote the event. The city offered $50 gift cards for long guns, $100 for handguns and $150 for assault/military style guns. Only functional weapons were accepted.

By 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 70 handguns, 42 long guns and two assault/military style guns had been turned in.

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