September 17, 2012

An Aug. 30 gun buyback program conducted by the Detroit Police Department at a westside Detroit parish netted 365 guns.

Among the weapons turned in at St. Cecilia Church were at least six assault weapons and a handful of sawed-off shotguns.

The total paid for the guns was $16,820, which came from funds contributed by Catholics in both city and suburban parishes.

People selling handguns at the buyback got $50.

Those who sold long guns and nonoperational weapons got $25, and those who sold assault weapons got $100.

All payments were made onsite and in cash.

No questions were asked of those who volunteered to sell their guns.