Lansing will hold a gun buyback event this week

Feb 4, 2013

This week, Lansing will conduct its second gun buyback program in six months.

Violent crime declined in Lansing in 2012, according to the FBI.   But still the capital city recorded a dozen homicides last year.

The gun buyback taking place Saturday is intended to take a few weapons off the streets that might otherwise be used in violent crimes.

People who turn in firearms will receive gift cards worth between $50 to $150, depending on what kind of weapon is surrendered.

Lansing area hospitals contributed the bulk of the 16 thousand dollars donated for the gun buyback.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has said he hopes the gun buyback will lead to dialogue about reducing gun violence.   Bernero is one of several Michigan mayors who support President Obama’s calls for stronger federal gun control laws.