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Gary police to conduct another gun buyback

The Gary police collected 129 guns during August Gun Buyback event.  | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media

The Gary police collected 129 guns during the August Gun Buyback event. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media

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The Gary Police Department will host its second Gun Buy Back from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at these locations:

Moving in the Spirit Church Minstries, 4031 W. 11th Ave.

Grace Unity C.O.G.I.C, 3435 W. 21st Ave.

Marquette Park United Methodist Church, 215 N. Grand Blvd.

Pilgrim M.B. Church, 1301 W. 21st Ave.

Trinity M.B. Church, 1831 Virginia St.

Embassies of Christ Kingdom Ministries, 4285 Cleveland St.

Beyond Four Walls Christian Center, 875 S. Lake St.

New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 4500 Harrison St.

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:30AM



GARY — A change of venue for the Gary Police Department’s second gun buyback of the year is expected to get even more firearms off the streets.

Nine churches around the city will accept guns of all stripes, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram told the Finance Committee when he came before it Wednesday asking for a $20,000 appropriation to fund the buyback.

Residents will receive Wal-Mart gift cards in the amounts of $50 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $100 for assault weapons should the Common Council approve the ordinance at its Tuesday meeting.

Many think criminals are the ones who are turning in weapons when the department conducts a buyback, but that’s not always true, Ingram said. In fact, if the department were to wait for the criminals, they’d be waiting for an awfully long time.

“These are the good, upstanding people who aren’t ashamed to turn them in,” he said. “Criminals are the ones breaking into their houses when they’re at church or out and stealing them.”

The department conducted its first buyback Aug. 14 at the Public Safety building on Polk Street, and people turning them in would have to show picture ID. That buyback recovered 129 guns, compared with 153 firearms recovered though routine police work between January and August.

Hosting it at churches, however, provides a more welcoming environment.

“Having it all over town, people don’t have to come to the Public Safety building. They can stay in their own neighborhoods,” Ingram said. “Also, this is all anonymous.”

Ingram said 85 percent of the city’s violent crimes are firearm-related.

The appropriation will be taken from the Police Department’s Equitable Sharing Fund, which is funded by forfeiture money.



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