ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In many states new gun laws have made a program meant to reduce the amount of guns in cities void. St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed wants to bring that program back, but he is facing some opposition from the sheriff’s office.
“The purpose of the gun buyback program ultimately is to get more guns off the streets,” Reed said. Adding that “the impact of gun violence in our city is overwhelming.”
Mike Guzy, executive aide to the St. Louis Sheriff, says no hardened criminal is actually going to turn in his gun.
“People who are involved in ongoing criminal enterprises aren’t going to sell you the equipment they need for their trade more than a surgeon is going to sell you a scalpel,” Guzy says.
He adds that gun buyback program don’t do any harm, but they just don’t do much good. “By and large, you don’t see a whole lot of the kind of lethal weaponry we really worry about, but all of these things are dangerous if the gun fires.”
Under legislation passed last year, gun buyback programs are not legal in Missouri. If a county or municipality wants to start one local lawmakers needs to pass an ordinance.