More than 250 guns were collected today at an event downtown in which owners of firearms received gift cards in exchange for turning in a weapon – no questions asked.
The fourth annual “Gifts for Guns” exchange program, sponsored by the nonprofit United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), attracted a long line of cars along Market Street in Lincoln Park. Unloaded guns were collected from vehicles by uniformed officers.
Participants who exchanged their handguns or standard rifles received $100 gift cards, while $200 cards were given to those who turned in assault rifles with detachable magazines. The organizers reportedly ran out of gift cards after taking in 255 guns by 11:30 a.m.