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.
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.