Senate Approves ban on Gun Buybacks, Locals Respond

Published 02/06 2014 10:32PM

Updated 02/07 2014 08:39AM

 Gun buyback programs aim to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, by offering cash for your unwanted weapon. However,  that soon may be a thing of the past as the Indiana State Senate approved a bill prohibiting gun buy back programs.

Karen Richards, Allen county Prosecutor, doesn’t support gun buyback programs and like many she says they are an inappropriate use of tax payer’s money. 

“I can easily see that a program where money exchanges hands in return for a gun is a bad thing,” said Richards. 

Allen County has never held a gun buy back program, but in April 2013, the Guardians of Police collected 25 unwanted firearms during gun amnesty day.

Tim Russell is a detective with the Fort Wayne Police Department and he helped organize gun amnesty day-- a program that simply collected guns from the community without exchanging cash. 

“It's a disservice to the community and to the tax payers to have to purchase the guns back.  Who knows where the guns came from,” said Russell.

Opponents of the legislation say that buybacks help get guns off the streets and make them safer, and this bill forgoes the efforts of community leaders who work tirelessly to prevent firearms from getting in the hands of the wrong people.

Senate bill 229 now goes to the house for approval.  WFFT will continue to follow this story,  and let you know what happens. 


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