Milwaukee pastors call for gun buyback program

Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 4:17 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A group of Milwaukee pastors is calling on city leaders to sponsor a gun buyback program.

The pastors and their supporters held a news conference at a coffee shop Monday. They say a gun buyback program could remove weapons from Milwaukee's streets and reduce violence in their neighborhoods.

The pastors have asked the city to allot $50,000 in its 2014 budget to initiate a one-time, anonymous gun buyback, where residents could safely turn over unwanted weapons.

A spokesman for Mayor Tom Barrett's office says the mayor and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn met with the pastors in recent weeks about a gun buyback, and were in favor of the idea.

The mayor's spokesman tells the Journal Sentinel the next step is to figure out where funding would be available.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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