East St. Louis Gun Turn-In Haul: 130 Weapons for $10,000 in Groceries


An Illinois prosecutor bought $10,000 worth of gift cards from the Schnucks grocery chain, and all of them were given away Saturday in East St. Louis within 10 minutes to people who turned in 130 guns, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The gift cards were purchased by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly with confiscated drug money.

It was the second year that the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department conducted the program. Participants received a $100 gift card for each gun that they turned in. One man walked away with $500 worth after turning in five guns. Last year, only eight guns were turned in, partly because gun owners wrongly thought that the buyback program amounted to a sting to arrest people.

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