COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)- Columbus city council passes a proposal Tuesday evening, allowing police to buy guns from the public.
The proposal passed unanimously. Residents will voluntarily bring in guns they’re no longer using. It’s part of a broad effort to continue to reduce gun-related violence.
Police Chief Selvain McQueen says weapons are attractive to burglars and could end up used in future crimes.
Those who attended the city council meeting like the idea.
“If it prevents those guns from being stolen and out on the street, cause if it’s stolen, you know where they’re going, then I think it’s a good idea,” says Berry Hinds.
“Someone break into your home or something like that, that could be used against you, especially for the elderly. It would be something very beneficial for them,” says Roy Hicks.
Chief McQueen hopes to fund the program through some taxpayer money and public donation. The city allocated $10,000 for the program. A date to begin the program has not been set.