Chicago police to hold gun buyback event at St. Sabina Church on Saturday

Chicago police to hold gun buyback event at St. Sabina Church on Saturday

CHICAGO (TOC) — With weapons taking heart stage currently, the Chicago Police Division is holding yet one more gun buyback program this weekend.

“It’s maybe one of many biggest alternatives we give individuals to do the suitable factor,” mentioned Glenn Brooks, director of CPD’s workplace of neighborhood policing.

Doing the suitable factor means $100 for actual firearms and $10 for BB weapons or replicas. The occasion will happen at St. Sabina Church. Father Michael Pfleger plans to sweeten the pot.

“We as a church need to give $100 additional money to anyone who turns in an assault weapon,” Pfleger mentioned.

Pfleger hopes inflation can be an incentive for individuals to need money. He was the primary in Chicago to host a gun buyback occasion in 2005.

The Chicago Police Division adopted a pair years later, and has since hosted a number of separate occasions.

However because the ABC-7 I-Staff just lately reported, a number of weapons taken off the streets throughout CPD firearm turn-ins are outdated, rusty or broken.

“I might reasonably take an vintage and save somebody’s life than not any in any respect,” Brooks mentioned.

In addition to antiques, among the weapons are fakes. By means of information obtained by the Freedom of Info Act, the I-Staff reviews that in 2021, 20% of the weapons obtained at division turn-in occasions have been replicas. Pfleger mentioned at his occasions, these weapons usually are not accepted.

“We would not take a gun that’s unworkable,” Pfleger mentioned.

Critics says gun buyback packages do not do a lot to curb crime as a result of criminals are often not those turning their weapons in. However police and Pfleger argue getting a workable gun off the road can save a life in additional methods than one.

“We had a youngster convey an assault weapon who lives two blocks from right here, and he mentioned, ‘I simply need assistance,'” Pfleger mentioned.

Saturday’s buyback occasion at St. Sabina will happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As all the time, no questions are requested when somebody turns in a gun.

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