Milwaukee pastors push for gun buyback program
MILWAUKEE -- Several Milwaukee pastors are saying enough is enough, and they're asking the city for $50,000 to fund a gun buyback program. Milwaukee want the program before the end of the year.
Pastors gathered at Coffee Makes You Black Coffee House to talk about their plans and in hopes of getting the attention of the mayor and police chief.
Through the gun buyback program people can turn in their hand guns, shotguns or rifles to any participating church and get a $100 gift card. If they turn in an assault weapon, they get a $200 gift card.
The City of Milwaukee's 2014 budget includes $4.5 million to cover 50 officers who were hired with federal stimulus money, and the hiring of 100 more officers. The pastors want the money to come out of the funds earmarked for these officers.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says both he and Police Chief Ed Flynn support the idea.