Gun Buyback Whittling Away at Crime
(Afro) — Fifteen fewer guns are on the streets of Washington, D.C., thanks to Got Guns?, a Metropolitan Police Department program that offers cash rewards to anonymous callers who give police tips on where they can find illegal firearms. According to the program’s records, obtained by the AFROthrough a Freedom of Information Act request, in its first two months the initiative has led MPD to confiscate 14 illegal firearms from Aug. 23 through Oct. 9. A 15th firearm was also seized through the program recently, a police official said. The seized weapons include eight handguns, three assault rifles and three shotguns. Public safety experts and community activists say the program deserves credit for potentially saving lives.