AUSTIN — In an effort to decrease gun violence on the West Side, Hope Community Church is hosting a gun turn-in event Saturday.
Residents who turn in guns will get $100 prepaid Visa card in return. BB guns, air guns and replicas can also be turned in for $10.
The priority for the no-questions-asked program is getting guns off the streets. The event is in collaboration with the Chicago Police. Participants are not required to provide any personal information to drop off a gun.
The guns will be destroyed. Ammunition, magazines and holsters can also be turned in, although there is no compensation for those items.
The gun turn-in event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa St.
Those unable to make the event can turn in a gun at any time at any police station, but will not receive compensation.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.
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