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Gun Turn-In Event Lets People Trade Guns For $100 Gift Cards This Weekend

The gun buyback event is Saturday in Austin.

Guns turned in at a June 2, 2018, gun buyback event.
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CHICAGO — People can turn in their guns to police during a buyback event Saturday in Austin.

The turn-in event — which was originally supposed to held in December but was rescheduled — will allow community members to give police guns in exchange for a $100 Visa gift card, according to a Chicago Police news release. Replica guns can be turned in for a $10 gift card.

The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago’s gun buyback events, which are organized jointly by community groups and Chicago Police, have led to controversy in the past. One Illinois gun rights group has even turned in worthless guns to the police and used the profits to send children to a shooting camp.