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Peoria, IL Gun Buy Back Program

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  1. EDGARMCM

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    Pastors, police take aim at guns

    Firearm buy-back program offers $100 gift card to get weapons off the street

    Saturday, September 8, 2007

    BY FRANK RADOSEVICH II

    OF THE JOURNAL STAR

    PEORIA - Collaborating with police, civic and religious leaders are organizing a gun buy-back program in the hope of curbing crime and reaching those most at risk.
    The group of eight to 15 area pastors said the number of shootings and crimes involving firearms has spurred them to get weapons off the streets. At the same time, organizers want to boost levels of community involvement as well as restore a sense of trust between residents and police.

    "What we hope to establish with the gun exchange is not only take weapons off the streets but use this as a vehicle to get into the homes of the community," said one of the planners, Pastor Odell Dye of Resurrection Power Church of God in Christ.

    The buy-back program will offer a non-alcoholic $100 gift card to people in exchange for a functioning weapon, according to the Rev. Harvey Burnett of New Bethel Church of God in Christ.

    "This will also be a 'no questions asked' exchange," he added. "Our only prerequisite is to meet the individuals and pray for them."

    The group, Burnett said, is still hammering out details for the event and seeking more funding from businesses, but anticipates hosting four separate exchanges at local churches during weekends in late September and early October.

    After the collection, the firearms will be turned over to Peoria police officers who will check to see if the weapon was ever reported stolen or possibly linked to a crime. If they are found to be clean, the weapons will be melted down at a foundry.

    "Their goals are our goals, which is to reduce violence," said police Capt. Phil Korem, adding the program marks the first time such an approach has been undertaken in Peoria. "One gun crime is too many."

    Gun buy-back programs, where authorities offer residents cash payments or gift certificates as incentives to turn in firearms, have been used throughout the country. A daylong buy-back event hosted in Chicago in July netted several thousand weapons, police said.

    "It was a huge success," said Glen Brooks, area coordinator for Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. "The last one had over 6,700 in less than six hours."

    The programs, however, have come under fire from some critics. Although popular within communities, studies have found no compelling evidence of a reduction in gun crime. The conclusion led the Bush administration to end a federal buy-back program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that was started under the Clinton administration.

    Nonetheless, Peoria officials said success will not be measured by the number of guns collected but by the number of discussions generated about gun crimes.

    "What we are hoping is that this will spark conversations between families," Burnett said. "If we can call people to reconsider their ways, that's a positive."

    Although the event is still in its early stages, it has already garnered local interest from residents. After her 20-year-old son, Jon Buckley, was fatally shot Sept. 20, 2006, Yolanda Wallace said she'll be on hand helping out and hopes people will take advantage of the offer.

    Wallace said, "The only way I seem to be getting my healing is by getting directly involved. . . . I just can't stand to see it happen to someone else."


    Frank Radosevich II can be reached at 686-3142 or fradosevich@pjstar.com.
     
  2. skeet_man

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    Imagine the K32s or perazzi's, ect that some little old lady takes thinking she's getting a good deal b/c her late husband told her he only paid $50 for it LOL
     
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    How many criminals do you think will take advantage of this offer? They probably are now trying to figure out how to hijack the truck with them in it.. I guess they could trade the card for more bullets since they can't get alcohol..

    Gary
     
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    The Single shot bolt guns and baling wire long toms will come out of the closet for sure.

    For a little spice, cut off the buttstock and wind it up with friction tape like a hockey stick.

    Yeah, no questions asked, right. Think Paco will bring in the piece he whacked Louie with?

    HM
     
  5. ivanhoe

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    Ask yourself a question. If I want to buy a gun what do I have to do to buy one

    1 I have to pass a instant background check.

    2 In some States I must possess the proper permits.

    3 I must wait 3-5 Days to get the gun.

    If this is the case why is it all right for the police and churches (Ministers) to buy all that they can get with out having to do a thing.

    Are these people and/or organizations above the law? It would definitely seem so. Are they circumventing the gun laws of this country? If so why are they allowed to do so? Because they are State and Local Government piss poor reason for breaking the law.

    I am not against getting the guns out of the hands of criminals. I am however against giving the criminal that has used the gun that he will turn in a free walk. You know the gun that was used in a murder, A robbery or a drive by shooting where some child has been injured, crippled or worse. As I see this is not subject of humor this is serious the Government and Police and who ever else wants to turns around and Slaps the honest Citizen in the face and says thank you Mr. criminal here is your money have a nice day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bob Lawless
     
  6. JDS

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    Any buy back program supports gun confiscation. Don't support the Anti-Gunners programs.

    Napalm
     
  7. famill00

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    I wonder how many guns I can go and get from a pawn shop for 45 or 50 bucks. I see a way to make money with this!!! Nah, just kidding....stupid antigunners.

    Forrest
     
  8. RLC323

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    Jimmy, you are probably thinking of the club just north of Canton on the edge of town. I shouldn't name name the fellow on here, but e-mail me and I will be glad to tell you.
     
  9. RLC323

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    That place was where I saw my first live bird shoot. What a place it was for a young fellow, I was probably 11 or 12. I never got to shoot as I was a bit young and the birds were expensive. My father was better at live birds than he ever was at trap. Me, just the opposite. Not many live bird opportunites around here anymore. Funny thing was the birds were live-trapped for a fee in the local towns and then sold to the shoot.
    The fellow who owned the place was shooting trap until about 5 years ago. I haven't seen him at a shoot lately. Ron Cox Jr.
     
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