People can get up to $200 in gas certificates for turning in a gun. Mayor Kip Holden wants to make it clear legal gun owners are not being targeted.Yeah, it's easier when you use someone else's money. Still, it's good to get crime guns off the street. However, doing so as part of a government program makes it easy for criminals to dispose of evidence.
The Circle K Corporation is putting up about $15,000 to assist in the buyback program. A total of $40,000 is available thanks to additional funds from local law enforcement agencies.
So, if a gun is found to be stolen, will it be returned to its lawful owner? Will the churches be taking names of people turning in guns for gas cards, or will this be an anonymous program. If the gun is stolen, I'd like to think that the police are making sure that the churches get enough information to make sure that the thief is arrested and prosecuted.
Will the guns be tested to see if they match any known crimes. If a gun was used in a murder and the buy-back is anonymous, it should be really easy to turn in vital evidence without the police knowing they even have it.