Milwaukee Mayor Says Buying Back 353 Guns Took Crime Weapons Off Street


A Milwaukee gun buyback effort collected 353 firearms Saturday, which included 234 handguns, 115 rifles and four assault-type guns, Mayor Tom Barrett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Barrett, who visited the site, said he was pleased with how local ministers who sought the program, businesses that funded the buyback and police who administered it work together. “It’s been a pretty steady flow,” Barrett said. “People from the neighborhoods. A lot of people from outside the city. But the whole point of this is to provide anonymity to people.”

While there’s debate about the effectiveness of gun buybacks in getting the types of weapons used in crimes off the street, Barrett said he thought Saturday’s program did just that. “Absolutely, yes,” he said. When L.C. Stevenson Sr. heard police would by paying money for firearms, he figured it was time to finally get rid of the small handgun he had inherited many years ago from his mother. “It’s a hand-me-down gun,” Stevenson said. “Never used it. Never shot it. I don’t need a gun in my house anyway.” Stevenson got a bank prepaid check card worth $100. The exchange rate, bank prepaid cards worth $100 for handguns, $50 for rifles and shotguns and $200 for assault-type firearms, applied no matter whether the gun was in prime condition or rusty and dusty.

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