Five churches in Gary will serve as drop-off sites for the city's next Gun Buyback scheduled this Saturday, December 29th, 8am-4pm. City officials announced the drop-off locations are Grace Unity C.O.G.I.C. 3435 West 21st Ave., Beyond 4 Walls Christian Center, 875 South Lake Street, New Beginnings Fellowship Church 4500 Harrison Street, Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1301 West 21st Ave. and Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 1831 Virginia St. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's office says Wal-Mart Gift Cards will be issued to those who turn in guns: Hand Guns, Shotguns/Rifles: $50.00 and Assault Weapons: $100.00.
According to Police Chief Wade Ingram, a total of 129 guns were turned in in exchange for Wal-Mart gift cards during the city's Gun Buyback in August. Local churches partnered with the Gary Police Department to serve as the turn-in locations. A second Gun Buyback held in October in Gary saw 107 guns turned in.