King County, Seattle launch gun-buyback initiative
January 14, 2013
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013
King County and Seattle leaders launched a gun-buyback program Jan. 8 in a bid to curb gun violence.
The countywide initiative offers a monetary incentive for people to turn in firearms. The initial gun-buyback event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown Seattle parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James streets.
In exchange for dropping off a weapon, people receive a gift card valued at up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.
The partnership among the Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, and community and faith-based organizations is meant to offer places where people can turn in firearms anonymously, with no questions asked.
“The sheriff’s office remains committed to providing a safe place for citizens to turn in guns they no longer want,” Sheriff John Urquhart said. “It is a much better choice to remove an unwanted gun from your home than to leave it where it can be stolen and used in a crime.”
Seattle police also plan to distribute trigger locks at police precincts during normal business hours.
The agency last held a gun buyback program in 1992.