A National Rifle Association youth group used a gun buyback initiative in Chicago to raise money for a youth shooting camp.
On June 23, Chicago held a gun buyback called “Don’t Kill A Dream, Save A Life.” The Chicago Police Department program pays $100 for guns and $10 for BB guns, air guns or replica firearms turned in with no questions asked. The money is given in the form of a Visa debit card.
The gun rights group Guns Save Lives, based about three hours south of Chicago, saw the buyback as a perfect opportunity to get rid of non-operational and unsafe firearms while raising money for youth shooting programs, according to MSNBC.
The gun freedom advocates netted a reported $6,240 to fund gun-education initiatives, having turned in about 2,360 of the total 5,500 guns collected.
“This was rusty, non-firing junk that we turned in,” John Boch, president of Guns Save Lives, told Chicago Sun-Times. “We are redirecting funds from people who would work against the private ownership of firearms to help introduce the next generation to shooting safely and responsibly.”
Some Chicago officials, however, didn’t appreciate the gun rights group’s actions.
“We host the gun turn-in event on an annual basis to encourage residents to turn in their guns so we can take guns off the street and it’s unfortunate that this group is abusing a program intended to increase the safety of our communities,” Melissa Stratton, a police spokeswoman, told the newspaper.