City Announces Next "Guns for Groceries" Program

By: News 10
By: News 10

The city of Lansing has set February 9 as the date for it's next gun buyback program. It will take place at the Tabernacle of David Church at 2645 W. Holmes Rd in Lansing, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The "Guns for Groceries" program will exchange Meijer gift cards for operable guns. People who turn in a long gun will receive a $50 card, $100 cards will be given for a handgun and a $150 card will be given for each military-style assault weapons.

The buyback, the city's second, is being funded by a $10,000 donation from Sparrow Health System, McLaren Greater Lansing and the Michigan Health and Hospitals Association.. Another $5,000 was donated by various individuals, businesses and organizations.

The weapons will be accepted with "no questions asked." Eligible firearms must be manufactured by a bonafide firearms company. BB guns, pellet guns, homemade guns and toy guns will be accepted, but will not be eligible for a gift card.

All guns turned in at the collection point must be enclosed in a sealed container and transported to the site in a legal manner, which is unloaded and locked in the truck of a vehicle.

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  • by jespasinthru Location: Sarasota on Feb 2, 2013 at 04:41 AM
    Sounds like a winner to me. Jump through a lot of hoops and go through a big hassle just for the privilege of trading in your fifteen hundred dollar shootin' iron for what amounts to a few sacks of beans and a few pounds of hamburger. 150 dollars goes nowhere in this current economy.
  • by Lance Location: Mid-Michigan on Feb 1, 2013 at 09:39 AM
    I would be very interested in giving any person offering to turn in a gun MORE than what is being offered herein. In many cases they are financially ripping you off. Unless that is of couse the gun is "HOT".
  • by Guest Location: Plymouth on Feb 1, 2013 at 09:32 AM
    If those conducting these buyback programs had any common sense they would realize gun buyback programs actually INCREASE crime. In the off chance a firearm is actually brought in by a criminal because they need money due to their daytime job, crime, not netting enough money for the week, they will replace that firearm. How will they replace it? They will steal another one. How can anyone with any common sense believe that buying a stolen firearm from a criminal in order to get that one particular firearm off the street will turn the criminal straight and they won't go back out and steal another one? Gun buybacks are nothing but a feel good emotional event that succeeds in doing the exact opposite they proclaim to do. You don't even need to be a gun rights supporter to understand this.
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