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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A non-profit group is trying to cut down on gun violence in the area by buying back guns next month.

The effort is hosted by LINC Incorporated, a local non-profit agency whose goal is to educate and motivate youth to make positive life choices.

LINC is partnering with local law enforcement and business owners to organize a citywide gun buy-back program in memory of two murder victims.

The Josh Proutey and Demetrius Greene Gun Buy-Back event is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three gun drop-off sites throughout the City will be selected. Anyone who turns in guns will be offered $100 for working handguns and $200 for assault weapons. They’ll be paid with Visa gift cards or cash.

The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney have all signed on to support this community driven effort.

Proutey, 19, was shot and killed while leaving work in December at the Community Arts Center in Wilmington. Greene, 8, died when he was shot and killed in Feb. 1997.

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29 Comments on "Non-profit organizes gun buy-back program in Wilmington"


Guest2020
2015 years 8 months ago

All this will accomplish is to allow criminals to make money off of guns with which they have committed crimes. Anyone, who thinks that they won’t turn around and obtain another gun, needs to remove the blinders.

Guns don’t kill, people do. Until the people change, it won’t matter how many guns you attempt to take off the streets.

This should not be sanctioned by officials who should care whether or not justice is served. Once again, the criminals get an out while the victims forever cry for justice.

common sense
2015 years 8 months ago

This is the liberals way of showing intelligence. Gee, let’s buy these worthless thugs guns they possibly stole and give them cash. Mean while the keep their favorite guns and continue to commit crimes. You cannot fix stupidity by sugar coating a bad apple.

Guest1829
2015 years 8 months ago

Don’t complain. No one is stopping law abiding citizens from showing up and offering $200 for a pistol. This has happened at several gun buy back programs across the country and its perfectly legal. Check out the gun buy back that turned into a gun show in Seattle.

Guest350
2015 years 8 months ago

Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns
is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids…

GuestUSMC
2015 years 8 months ago

If you would read the story you would see that the gun must function in order to sell it. Old, rusty, non-working guns don’t count.

 

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