Police Chief Wayne Jerman is planning a gun buyback event in the city this spring.
In a report to the City Council on Tuesday, Jerman said the buyback plan fit into his effort to get tough on gun violence in the city. He called the current level of such violence “unacceptable.” A buyback program is a success, he said, if it removes one gun from the street that might hurt someone.
City Council member Ann Poe said she liked the idea, though council member Don Karr said he did not.
“No bad guy is going to turn in a gun,” Karr said after the council meeting. Most of the guns that the program will attract are unused guns that law-abiding citizens own, he added. Money used for the buyback program, Karr said, ought to be used to add a police officer to the department.
Read the article linked above for more background. What are your thoughts? Can gun buybacks by police help make the community safer?