MCPD collects 145 weapons in two days from citizens in guns-for-gift cards exchange

Above: Handguns, shotguns and rifles collected during the 2-day exchange. (Photos provided)

buy now EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 1 and 2, 2019, the Michigan City Police Department held a guns-for-gift cards exchange as part of its Violent Crime Reduction Initiative. They asked citizens to bring their unloaded handguns to the MCPD in exchange for a $100 Visa gift card. Citizens who turned in a shotgun or rifle were given a $50 gift card.

http://rainypass.com/faq/ viagra canadian pharmacy order From the MCPD:

“Our program was to provide an opportunity for citizens of LaPorte County for safe disposal of firearms. When residents and gun owners decide to make their homes gun-free, they often find it difficult or complicated to dispose of their guns legally and safely. This drive provided a straightforward, efficient, and easy way to dispose of unwanted and unused guns that will be destroyed.”

“We took in a total of 145 guns over the two-day period! … The drive was highly successful, and we received numerous accolades for offering this program.

” … Criminals are stealing guns from legal owners in increasing numbers, fueling violent crimes. Each year in the United States, there are an estimated 500,000 guns stolen from homes where they were not properly stored.

“We thank everyone for participating in this program and our sponsors for making it happen as we hope that we can continue to make a difference and make our community safer!” 

— Chief Mark Swistek & staff

9 Responses to “MCPD collects 145 weapons in two days from citizens in guns-for-gift cards exchange”

  1. Steve

    Mar 04. 2019

    So now, only the Criminals will have Guns ! nice…………..
    Time to get my Slingshot out of storage…….

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  2. lawman

    Mar 04. 2019

    I would like to believe they ALL will be destroyed.

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  3. Scott

    Mar 04. 2019

    What an extremely dumb concept.

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  4. Ralph Vogel

    Mar 05. 2019

    Good Work MCPD! If just one gun injury or death is prevented, it’s all worth it. Now LPPD, how about also stepping up to the plate?

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  5. Eric

    Mar 05. 2019

    so because of this i will never use horizon bank. this was a huge waste of time. if you want to make your home gun free take them to a gun store and sell them. this was intended to get “dangerous” guns off our street. they managed to get muzzle loaders, antiques, and hunting rifles. sad day

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  6. wayne cory

    Mar 06. 2019

    I see some quality firearms there. Like lawman what happens to them? Is anyone taking inventory?

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  7. Ralph Vogel

    Mar 06. 2019

    Kudos to MCPD, and to the citizens who turned in their guns. If just one life can be saved by this program, it will be worth it. Will we see La Porte do a similar event? I hope so.

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  8. Gorgeous Jim

    Mar 07. 2019

    I also agree with Eric, I believe that many of these quality firearms were the collections of late husbands brought in by their widows who “Just wanted to get the guns out of the house.” They obviously had no idea of what the value of the collection was worth. Their late husbands are probably rolling in their graves, knowing that their collection that would’ve been worth thousands of dollars, if they were properly sold to a reputable FFL gun dealer, was squandered for a couple hundred dollars worth of gift cards.

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  9. Jeff Barnard

    Mar 08. 2019

    This is a sham. More guns in the hands of the law abiding means less crime. Criminals are the ones who ignore gun laws.
    How much money could these people have made by selling to a collector???

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