According to a news report by The Baltimore Sun, a gun buyback event in Baltimore had hundreds of people turning in guns, possibly spurred by the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut on December 14. The event, which was funded by Klein’s ShopRite supermarkets, had been scheduled as a violence prevention initiative, and the buyback participants traded in their guns for a $100 gift card to the stores. The supermarket group got the buyback idea from one of its partners who had run similar events in Philadelphia.
The company secured the backing of both the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City Council President, which will take the guns away and melt them down.
A total of 461 were turned into Baltimore Police during the December 15 event. The total number of guns collected compares well with other similar efforts, though many of the weapons turned in midday were shotguns and rifles, which are rarely used to shoot individuals in Baltimore. Police report that they have recovered 2,000 guns during arrests this year.
The Baltimore City Council President stated that the buyback event was going very well and hopes that “getting the guns off the streets will cut down on violent crime in the city.”
Though it is every person’s right in the U.S. to own a gun, it is imperative gun owners understand the weapons laws in their state in order to avoid an unwanted brush with law enforcement. However, if you are already facing weapons-related charges, it is essential to seek the help of a knowledgeable firearms charges defense lawyer in Maryland for help defending you in court.
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