Groceries for guns: Turn in an unloaded gun and get a $50 Meijer gift card for each gun

DETROIT (AP) - It's called "Groceries for Guns."

Anyone who turns in an unloaded gun will get a $50 Meijer gift card Saturday at the New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit. The program is open to everyone.

A gift card is given in exchange for each gun that's turned it. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The exchange is sponsored by a Southfield law firm, Goodman Acker. Gerald Acker says he and partner Barry Goodman came up with the idea in hopes of reducing gun violence.

"It's voluntary. We're not taking guns from anybody that isn't handing the guns to us," says Goodman.

The exchange will be staffed by sheriff's deputies and church volunteers. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with no questions asked.

Wayne County officials say all weapons surrendered will be checked against the stolen weapons list. If weapons are found to be stolen, officials say they will make every effort to return the weapon to its rightful owner.

They say all other guns will be destroyed.

7 Action News spoke with local gun rights advocate Rick Ector. He says there will be a protest at Saturday's event. He says one reason for the protest is that he believes such programs are not transparent.

The county says the program targets "unwanted guns" and is not designed to infring e upon anyone's 2nd amendment right. They say goal is to ensure unwanted weapons don't f all into the wrong hands.

The church is at 15340 Southfield Service Dr., Detroit.

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