GRPD, SAFE Task Force share gun buyback results

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Police Department

The Grand Rapids Police Department collected nearly 300 firearms during this weekend’s gun buyback event.

Residents turned in 285 firearms on Saturday, Sept. 17, which is twice as many as the city’s first 2020 buyback events combined with 267 firearms collected at that time.

This year’s firearms included 151 handguns (87 semi-automatic and 64 revolvers) and 134 long guns (80 shotguns and 54 rifles). Two of the firearms were reported stolen, including one from the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) in 1982.

The buyback program was sponsored by the Safe Alliances for Everyone (SAFE) Task Force and GRPD as part of ongoing efforts to reduce crime in the city.

“Our gun buyback programs are a proactive approach to reducing the number of unwanted firearms in our community,” said Asante Cain, assistant to the city manager. “We are pleased to see so many firearms turned in. It reduces the potential for these to fall in the wrong hands and be used in a future crime or accidents.”

In exchange for each firearm turned in, residents received gift cards ranging from $100 for revolvers, shotguns and rifles to $200 for assault-type rifles and semi-automatic handguns.

A $40,000 contribution from the SAFE Task Force funded the event.

“The SAFE Task Force was proud to partner with the Police Department in hosting this event and working towards our shared goal of ending gun violence,” Cain said.

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