The Chicago police are reporting that their program to reward the turning in of a weapon in exchange for a gift card was a tremendous success. In exchange for turning in a weapon, with no questions asked, people were given a gift card for up to $100 depending on the type of weapon turned in. St. Sabina Church, on the South Side, gave an extra $50 for an assault weapon. Chicago police report that a total of $4,050 weapons were turned in on Saturday. 55 were assault weapons, 3,335 were handguns, and 660 were toy guns and fake guns. Even 2 hand grenades were turned in. Some of the weapons turned in could pierce bulletproof vests. The program is now in its 6th year and has been credited for removing thousands of weapons from the street.
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