This weekend, the Chicago police held their annual gun buy back program. Chicago residents were urged to turn in guns at any 27 participating churches throughout the city. Depending on the type of gun, residents were given either a $10, $50 or $100 gift card. The money for the gift cards was raised through corporate donations. Because of the slow economic conditions, corporate donations were down so the amount of the gift cards was reduced. This year, 1,887 guns were turned in. Last year 6,880 guns were turned in. The dramatically lower figure this year is being attributed to the smaller amount of the gift cards due to the reduced corporate donations.
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