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Police Chief: Gun Buyback Could Happen Soon

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    May 24, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The police chief thinks a gun buyback could be a way to quell the city’s recent spike gun violence.

    Here’s how it would work. People could anonymously turn in weapons to police for a $100 gift certificate to local merchants. Weapons without historical value would be destroyed.

    The buyback was originally planned for last spring, but has been delayed due to funding issues. Officers were only able to raise enough money to buy 16 weapons.

    The department is now waiting to hear back on a grant that could give them several thousand more dollars.

    “If we don’t receive some information in the next week or two, we’re just going to set a date within the next 30 to 60 days, and go for it,” said Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman.

    Cedar Rapids police have reported 35 shootings this year. They said they’re on pace to top last year’s total of 56.

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