CHICAGO (SCS) — The Chicago Police Department uses cash to remove guns from the streets. CPD held a gun buy-back event on Saturday afternoon at Saint Sabina Church.
“Here is an opportunity, get money to return a gun, make your home safer,” said Father Michael Pfleger.
Father Michael Pfleger said that since 2006 more than 30,000 firearms had been returned. By 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning, 150 weapons had been deposited.
Father Pfleger said doing the right thing means $100 for real guns and $10 for BB guns or replicas.
“A firearm in each scenario makes it more dangerous, with the potential for escalation of violence which could include loss of life,” the CPD superintendent said. David Brown.
Donna Carter-Moody was one of many people lining up to hand in their guns.
“The gun belonged to my late husband, who was retired from the city of Chicago. He was an assistant commissioner for the city of Chicago, but he was also in law enforcement. So he had a lot of guns on fire,” she said.
Carter-Moody said she noticed the majority of people queuing were senior citizens.
“I haven’t really seen anyone who was 30, 40 or even 50. Those are the ones we need to see out there in the lines that are turning the gun,” she said.
Right in front of Sainte-Sabine was a block party organized by a group of young activists called BRAVE, or Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere.
Lamiya Dean with St. Sabina BRAVE Youth Leaders says she is tired of seeing her friends and family get hurt by guns.
“That’s why we have stuff like this,” Dean said. “A lot of us are so used to it and we shouldn’t be. So it’s not right. It’s not normal, but unfortunately we’re used to it and numb and we’re trying to break that cycle of guns and see our family and peers on our t-shirts.”
This is the first gun surrender of the year, but Father Pfleger said he expects to see two more later this year on the north and west sides.