Schweyer proposed the only other budget amendment Tuesday -- to earmark $5,000 in the 2013 budget to continue the gun buy-back program initiated last summer. Council unanimously approved Schweyer’s motion.
Schweyer said nearly 130 guns were collected this year and most of them were operable. Those who turned in unwanted weapons received $100 gift cards to Kmart, which he said is located in the city and does not sell firearms.
Schweyer said the city may be able to allocate more money to purchase guns before the next buy-back program is done sometime in 2013.
He doesn’t expect drug dealers will be turning in their pistols, but explained it’s a safety effort to turn in unwanted firearms, which are destroyed.