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Baltimore Offers Gift Certificate for Guns

Residents may turn in guns for a $100 certificate no questions asked.

A new Baltimore City program is offering $100 gift certificate to Klein’s ShopRite in exchange for guns, no questions asked.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced the new program on Wednesday morning. Residents will be able to exchange the firearms in exchange for certificates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corporation’s headquarters on the campus of City College High School, according to a news release.

"We have made tremendous strides in reducing gun-related crimes in Baltimore, but we still have a long way to go," Young said in the release. "This new partnership between my office and Klein’s ShopRite is a great example of a public-private partnership helping to strengthen the community."

After posting one of the lowest homicide numbers in more than 20 years in 2011, the number has crept back up in 2012. Homicides this year are already 11 percent higher than all of last year, although the number of shootings citywide is down 1 percent. 

The Northern District, generally one of the quieter areas of the city, has experienced a sharp bump in violent crime. According to the latest Comstat data, homicides are in the district year to date are up by 85 percent and shootings are up 30 percent.

Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper said earlier this month that the crime spike can be attributed to gang activity from the Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods in the area. 

Police officers will be on hand at the school to collect the guns and representatives from ShopRite and UpLift Solutions will be there to distribute gift certificates.

"Violence in our communities makes any positive strides more challenging and affects us all," Marshal Klein, director of operations, said. "The ‘Goods for Guns’ program creates a tremendous opportunity to help the communities that we are committed to."

The closest ShopRite to North Baltimore straddles the city line between Parkville in the county and the city in the northeast.

Sanchez December 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Count the number of thugs with records who turn in any firearms. This only disarms the law abiding and makes more of them potential victims.
Steve December 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
No it doesn't JoeBlob. There are lots of people who realize the danger that exists when a firearm is in the home. Remove the firearm and the potential for disaster is permanently removed. Just yesterday 3 children under the age of 8 shot themselves and died.
Sanchez December 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
YES it does. Since no person willing to use their firearms in the commission of a crime will turn them in, that leave law abiding. As I said.
Sanchez December 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Yea sure! "A 36-year-old woman suffering a long bout of postnatal depression confessed to killing her five children in their Houston home, a crime police said could have her facing the death penalty. The four boys and a girl, 6 months to 7 years old, appeared to have been drowned in the bathtub, they said."

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