Detroit Police gun buy back program brings in 737 guns

DETROIT, MICH (WXYZ) - Hundreds of people brought in rifles, hand guns, and assault weapons hoping to turn cold hard steel into cold hard cash.

Why? Because the Detroit Police Department offered a chance to turn in any firearms with no questions asked!

Best of all, you get paid!

Continental Management was a co-sponsor in the Gun Buy Back Program being held Tuesday, August 30, at the Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It's one of the many ways Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is trying to make the streets safer after all the recent shootings.

Commander of Community Service, John Serba says "In a normal let's say week our officers who are working hard every day may remove one hundred to one hundred and fifty guns. So that's probably a month's work getting guns off the street in one day."

How much money could you earn?
1) Non-operational firearms - $25.00
2) Operational firearms - $50.00
3) Two or more operational firearms - $100.00.
4) Assault weapons - $100.00-$200.00.
5) Long guns - $25.00.

Firearms needed to be brought in unarmed.

By all accounts the program was a great success, with 737 guns turned in. 339 of them were long guns, 376 were hand guns and 24 were assault rifles.

More than $20,000 in cash was given out, with another 8,175 cash vouchers given out after the cash ran out. The vouchers can be turned in for cash later.

The program was based on first come, first serve basis and was located at The Second Ebenezer Church on 14601 Dequindre .

Officers from the Detroit Police Commercial Auto Theft unit were also there to give free vehicle etching.

For any further information, call Detroit Police Community Services at: 313-596-2520.

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