CHICAGO — St. Sabina Church and the Chicago Police Department teamed up for a gun buyback Saturday.
Those who turned in a gun will got a $100 gift card courtesy of the police department. Those who turn in BB guns, air guns or replicas got $10. St. Sabina offered a bonus in exchange for assault weapons — the guns commonly used in many mass shootings, including two recent incidents that gained national attention.
CPD hosts several gun buyback programs every year. Many of these events take place at churches because many feel more comfortable coming to houses of worship. No questions are asked during the buyback.
The police department eventually destroys all of the guns collected.
Over 400 firearms and 13 assault weapons were turned in at the event on Saturday.
St. Sabina has hosted a gun buyback in the past. It was one of the first in the area to host one nearly 20 years ago. Last summer, the church and a local businessman teamed up to offer $200 for guns and $100 for rifles to people age 25 and younger.
St. Sabrina pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger is hoping the event will give people extra incentive, given current gas prices and inflation, to come in and turn in a weapon.