'Gift Cards for Guns': Police collect 161 firearms – WTOP

Prince George’s County Police collected 161 firearms through “Gift Cards for Guns,” a trade in program that aims to get guns off the streets. (Courtesy Prince George’s County Police)

WASHINGTON — People waited outside of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Saturday morning to trade in their guns for gift cards.

Within minutes of kicking off this year’s “Gift Cards for Guns,” Prince George’s County police collected more than 30 guns, said Cpl. Harry Bond.

The trade-in program started in 2012 and aims to make the community safer by taking guns off the streets.

Each shotgun or rifle was worth a $75 gift card, a handgun was worth a $125 gift card, and each semi-automatic handed in earned a $175 gift card.

“One guy came in with a bin full of handguns, and he will get a gift card for each handgun he brought in,” said Bond. “There are no questions asked. We’re not checking any IDs.”

Officers first check if the guns were stolen; if they were, they are returned to the rightful owner. All other firearms are melted down.

The Prince George’s County Police Department partnered with First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Zion Church and the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. The partners gave away nearly $20,000 in gift cards at Saturday’s event.

This year, the department collected 161 firearms: 59 long guns and 102 handguns. In 2015, they gathered about 300 firearms.

On the way out of the event, one woman smiled and said she was going to the mall to spend her gift card.

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Police seize guns, drugs during home search – The Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office seized several guns and drugs while conducting a search warrant on Friday.

The department said that at around 6 p.m., deputies served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Wisteria Street. During the search, deputies found one-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine, five guns, body armor and $2,700.

Buckey Dean Holder, 40, was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail on suspicion of being in possession of drugs as well as firearm-related offenses.

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Police: Man swipes keys off store counter, steals manager's car, guns – Atlanta Journal Constitution

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

A business owner was helping a customer when a man grabbed his keys and stole his car and guns Thursday. 

The alleged thief also got away with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, the manager told Fox13Memphis.com.

Superior’s store manager, T. Ginem, was helping a customer when the crime took place.

“While our attention was towards the other customers, [the man] reached over the counter and took the keys,” Ginem said.

The incident was caught on a security camera. 

On the surveillance video, one of Ginem’s employees is seen walking into the store and setting the car keys on the counter.

Minutes later, a man snags them from the counter and takes off. 

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“He power walked out of here. We didn’t realize the vehicle was gone until half an hour later,” Ginem said. 

The man can be seen on outdoor surveillance camera video hopping into the car and speeding off. The manager was not just upset with the car being stolen, he also had thousands of dollars in merchandise taken along with multiple guns.

“I had an AK-47, a 9 mm, and a 40 mm,” Ginem said.

This year, more guns have been stolen from cars than any other location.

According to Memphis Police Department numbers obtained by Fox13Memphis.com, in June and July alone, there were more than 100 guns stolen each month in the city.

“[I’m] extremely worried about the guns, man, because you don’t want them in the wrong hands,” Ginem said.

A quick crime map of the area surrounding the store revealed eight carjackings and roughly 100 auto thefts in the last

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Sutherland Springs, gun control, ammunition, MADD, Dallas ISD, education, Jerry Jones – Dallas News

We must stop the killing 

As I read the 26 names on the front of the Points section on Sunday, tears ran down my face. Though I listened to all the reports and read all the online stories. reading the names moved me beyond belief. When will the madness end? Shame on you who fight every reasonable effort to stop the killing.

Bob Lowrimore, Allen

Too many guns 

Re: “For town, guns are protection — Residents say good guys with weapons, not more restrictions, are the answer,” Nov. 11 news story.

If what the people in Sutherland Springs The Dallas Morning News interviewed say is true, that more guns result in more protection, then the United States must be the safest, most peaceful nation on earth. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. Those who think more guns are the way to stop mass shootings illustrate the famous definition of insanity: performing the same act over and over and expecting different results. 

According to a chart published Nov. 13 in The News, Americans are estimated to have 270 million guns. I’ve learned that figure represents 224 million more guns than the next nearest country. Yet far from making us safer, America experienced 90 mass shootings between 1966 and 2012 alone. 

Of nations with more than 10 million people, the U.S. is surpassed in mass killings only by war-torn Yemen. 

We grieve for Jimmy Stevens’ loss, but contrary to what he asserts, a gun did indeed kill his sister. Had the murderer only wielded a pocketknife, he might have injured several people. It was the gun he carried that enabled him to create the massacre — something that all the gun owners in Sutherland Springs were unable to prevent.

Holmes Brannon, Plano

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Take away guns: Letter to the editor – OregonLive.com

Regarding the story, “7-year-old shoots sibling, 2, in head, Hermiston Police say,” Nov. 13: This kind of atrocity happens on a daily basis in America, while we’re arguing about guns in our schools, background checks and splitting hairs over which mental health issues are acceptable for gun ownership and who should be allowed an AK-47. I, for one, am sick of the justifications for guns, and I’m sick of the insane reality they create. 

Let’s shove these trivial issues aside and just outlaw the killing machines once and for all. It’s way past time. Take all the guns! 

The Second Amendment wasn’t meant to condone the atrocities we are experiencing. Children are accidentally shooting their brothers! Mass murderers are plowing down innocent people. This is insane! It’s beyond out of control, and it must be stopped.

Shooting animals for fun does not supersede the moral atrocity that this “guns-for-all” mentality has created. I am repulsed that we let the entertainment interests of a few outweigh the deaths of thousands. I am sick of kowtowing to all the “law-abiding citizens” who argue that this must be allowed to continue. Change the laws. Get rid of the guns! 

 

Bea Davis, Southwest Portland

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