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Nearly 500 Guns Surrendered in Baltimore After Newtown Shooting

The "Goods For Guns" initiative was planned last month and held Saturday in Baltimore—one day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

BALTIMORE, MD -- One day after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Baltimore police collected more than 400 guns during the "Goods For Guns" initiative in the city.

A total of 461 guns were collected in exchange for approximately $50,000 in gift certificates to a local grocery chain, according to a release from City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young's office.

Young announced the initiative Wednesday at City Hall. On his Twitter account, Young said Saturday that planning for the program began before Thanksgiving, and that it took "a true team effort."

In a news release, Young said: "Today, I heard from a diverse array of people who just wanted to remove firearms from their homes. These people, both young and old, told me that they feared their guns winding up in the wrong hands and just wanted to avoid that possibility altogether."

Residents exchanged unwanted firearms for $100 gift certificates for Klein's ShopRite. 

Klein's ShopRite Vice President Howard Klein said, "We did something meaningful on a day when a lot of people are experiencing terrible loss and tragedy. You can’t put a price tag on an event like this and we can’t wait to do it again."

The results of the program come amid reaction to a school shooting in Newtown, CT, where reports indicate a lone gunman murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning. The gunman reportedly started the rampage by shooting his mother at the home they shared in Newtown, and ended it by shooting himself.

Follow ongoing coverage from Newtown Patch here.

The program, operated by UpLift Solutions, was modeled after a similar initiative in Philadelphia, according to the release.

Officers from the Baltimore City Police Department collected the firearms, which were transported to the Northeast District. The release said the guns will be melted down.

In Prince George's County, Laurel police collected more than 150 weapons Saturday.

Dennis Gilpin December 25, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Greg, In a perfect world there would be no need for guns.With the amount of guns around ( both legal and illegal ) do we just lay down our arms ? With the right amount of money ( unfortunately ) any gun can be gotten on the black market. Now, put them in the hands of people with mental issues than we all have to be afraid.We just saw where a bunch of firemen were ambushed trying to put out a fire.Does giving up your protection make any sense ? Sorry to say, there is violence all around us. Never thought it would come to this.
AG December 25, 2012 at 03:43 AM
PcTech: I agree with the mental health issue. I also believe violent movies and video games provide the training to do evil things. I also believe guns are a tool. If this guy who killed the kids did not have a rifle, he would have used a pipe bomb, fertilizer bomb, chain saw, etc As history proved, expiration of the Clinton Gun Ban did not result in a rise in crime or murders.
Sanchez December 25, 2012 at 03:59 AM
COPS in Schools (CIS) US Dept of Judtice The COPS in Schools (CIS) grant program is designed to help law enforcement agencies hire new, additional school resource officers (SROs) to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools. CIS provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to build collaborative partnerships with the school community and to use community policing efforts to combat school violence. COPS announced the first round of the CIS program in April 1999, and the most recent in July 2005. COPS has awarded in excess of $753 million http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=54 http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e09042494.PDF
Lorna D. Rudnikas December 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Why can't we just reduce bad people? Problem solved!!!
Honeygo Hal December 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Sanchez, if I could begin to understand what your comment meant, I might be able to reply. Until then, ...

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