Guns-for-groceries buyback program in Detroit sponsored by law firm
Posted May 16, 2013 4:35 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A personal injury law firm in Michigan is sponsoring a gun buyback program this Saturday at a Detroit church.
The Southfield personal injury law firm Goodman Acker is backing the “guns for groceries” program, report MLive.com, the Associated Press and WWJ. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department will collect the unloaded guns and hand out $50 Meijer gift cards in return until the cards run out. The stories do not say how many gift cards are available.
The guns will be accepted “no questions asked.” Any guns found to be stolen through a check of serial numbers will be returned to their owners.
Law firm partner Gerald Acker explained the reason for the sponsorship in a statement. “Like so many others, my partner Barry Goodman and I just have had enough of the gun violence that is claiming lives and destroying families and communities,” Acker said. “We can’t save the world, but if this program can help save just one life, it’s certainly worth it.”
Events like Groceries for Guns concern gun-rights advocate Rick Ector, who plans to make an appearance at the event. He told MLive.com that they give criminals an opportunity to dispose of evidence and are not proven to make a community safer.