GARY | More than a hundred guns were taken off the street Saturday as people anonymously turned over the firearms in exchange for Walmart gift cards, officials said.
Police collected 107 rifles, shotguns and handguns during a buyback program at eight Gary churches.
In August, police were able to buy back 129 guns from the community, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said.
Since the beginning of the year, police have taken 192 guns through traffic stops and investigations. The total number of guns taken into police custody since January now stands at 428, Ingram said.
“Less guns, less violence,” he said.
He credited the anonymity for the success of the program. People who turn in a gun don't have to show identification and are given a $100 gift card with no questions asked, he said.
The guns taken into custody are run through a database, and police check to see if they've been used in crimes, Ingram said.
None of the guns taken into custody in August had been used in crimes, he said.
“It's part of a violence-reduction initiative,” he said. “We're just trying to get as many guns as we can.”