Gun buyback, drug turn-in set for Nov. 17
A gun buyback program and prescription drug turn-in will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Midlothian, Chicago Heights and Calumet City police departments, according to a news release from the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, which is hosting the event.
Firearms will be exchanged for $100 cash if the weapon and participant meet the program requirements.
All types of firearms will be accepted, but they must be unloaded and transported in a car trunk or inaccessible area of a van or pickup truck, police said. Participants must enter the turn-in site without the firearm, and police will accompany them back to the vehicle to retrieve it.
Anyone wanting to turn in a weapon without visiting a collection site should call their local police, the release said.
To get $100, the firearm must be functional. Pellet and BB guns will be accepted, but no money will be given, the release said.
Only residents of towns belonging to the SSACOP are eligible to take part. Those unsure whether their town is a member should call their local police.
Gee, there seem to be a lot of restrictions relating to this buyback program. Usually, these programs take anything from anyone and away you go with your check or voucher, no questions asked.
So why all these restrictions?
Answer: The last time one of these shin-digs was held, a group that sponsors youth shooting and firearm education programs from downstate crashed the party and turned in a bunch of obviously inoperable junk to get money to finance their programs.
These touchy feely left wing gun buybackers needed to put up a wall that was high enough to keep the Indians from jumping over and invading the fort.