Moline PD and QC Crime Stoppers to Host Gun Buyback Event in June

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — In an effort to keep unwanted guns off the streets, the Moline Police Department and Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities will host a gun buy-back event in June.

Communities can turn in unused firearms at the event and receive $100 for handguns and shotguns and $200 for what the group calls “magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles.”

Moline Detective Michael Griffin said the event would target those who need to get rid of unnecessary weapons. They do not target legitimate gun owners.

“We’re not going to go out and take guns from people, you know, owning a gun or it’s a constitutional right in our country,” Griffin said. “We very rarely deal with legal gun owners, they very rarely cause trouble, let alone commit gun offences.”

Moline PD and Crime Stoppers want the Quad Cities to come together to remove unwanted guns from the community. According to Griffen, people often inherit a gun or find one in their loved one’s belongings after they die.

“Our target audience here is people who have guns in their homes,” Griffin said. “They don’t know what to do with it. They don’t use them. They were given to them by someone else. We give them a pathway of elimination.

The program is simple, someone with an unwanted weapon just goes to the police station during the event and goes to the circle on 6th ave. Moline PD requests that the weapon be in the back of the car, in a bag, unloaded. and with security enabled.

A gunsmith will then inspect the gun and determine if it is in working order.

“There are no questions asked, no identification,” Griffin said. “We don’t care if you have a FOID card. We are not going to ask you for a FOID card.

There is no target for the number of firearms given out during the event. Instead, the goal of the redemption event is to prevent these weapons from being lost or forgotten and used in a crime.

“I don’t know how you measure the success of an event like this,” Griffin said. “If we stop a weapon from entering the criminal trade, then I guess that’s a success.”

The redemption event is Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This is the first time since the 1990s that Crime Stoppers QC has held a buyout event.

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Mark M. Gagnon