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Detroit Gun Buyback Program Nets 800 Weapons

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

September 03, 2010

DETROIT – All of the $20,000 donated for a gun buyback program held Thursday by the Detroit Police Department was spent and thousands more were committed in vouchers to cover the more than 800 guns turned in, police said.

Sgt. Eren Stephens said the no questions asked program at Second Ebenezer Church on Dequindre exhausted the $20,000 donated by the event’s cosponsor, Continental Management.

Of the 478 people who turned in guns, about 200 received vouchers for cash, which the department expects to cover through donations from other businesses and organizations, Stephens said. She said she couldn’t say how much the vouchers totaled, but said they added up to thousands of dollars.

Many residents brought guns that they had kept in their homes, but some no longer had use for or just wanted disposed. Interim Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said every gun turned in will be destroyed and is one less gun that could potentially be stolen if there is a home invasion.

“We know that there are too many firearms that end up in the wrong hands,” Godbee said.

People who turned in a non-operational gun got up to $25, an operational gun fetched $50 and two or more operational weapons fetched $100. Guns turned in ranged from a variety of handguns, rifles and shotguns to a Civil War-era revolver.

Waiting in line at the church to hand over an old .38-caliber revolver given to him by his father, Troy Graham said he turned it in, in part, because he doesn’t believe the gun is registered.

Someone once broke into the 45-year-old Detroit resident’s house and stole a gun from his closet. He said he didn’t want the same thing to happen with the revolver.

“All I could do is file a police report,” Graham said.

Though she was glad to see the turnout, Yolanda McCants, a Detroit resident who worked as a volunteer at the event, said she wished she had seen more young people returning guns to get them off the streets.

“We could do more,” said McCants, vice president of the community relations council for the DPD’s Northeastern District. “The community could do more.”

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Bump Whalewatcher.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Didn't hear a word about one single gang-banger turning a weapon. By liberal standards, this was a real success !! By anyone else's standards, it was money thrown away.

  • Joefriday_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    well detroit is gauranteed to be crime free now....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    Got some "Peace Makers"... No, won't turn them in for melting...
    LMAO at this "Feel Good" Liberal crap.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Big Bump WASP7000. These programs are a waste of money and history. Not one bad guy turned in a viable weapon. If any bad guys turned in any weapons you can bet they either did not work or they were too hot to possess such as a weapon used in a murder etc. Turn it in and the PD disposes the weapon for you! Such a deal!

  • 1051193310_l_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Bad Guys up $20,000 and the good citizens suckered into believing this was a useful program.

  • Washington_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    A CIVIL WAR ERA REVOLVER??? MELTED DOWN?!?! I just threw up. People have no respect for history. What is a thug going to do with a civil war era revolver? seriously? It should be in the hands of a collector, on display somewhere.

    And I'm sure that guys dad would be real proud that he got rid of his .38 that was handed down to him by giving it to someone to melt down. There's how you treat an heirloom.

  • Sssssss_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Those were just examples of what's to come.

  • Sssssss_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    "Three masked gunmen entered the home of DICK SMITH and murdered his wife and family while robbing them of their possessions, Dick Smith participated in the Gun Buyback program and was most likely not armed to handle this situation."

  • Sssssss_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    "I'm just an honest citizen, law abiding is in my nature. I am here trying to clean up the streets and turn in some firearms that make them more dangerous." -Dick Smith

  • Img008_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Well.....I would feel a lot safer in Detroit now! If I was a gang banger, not a home owner.

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