Anniston and Calhoun County consider gun buy back program - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Anniston and Calhoun County consider gun buy back program

Posted: Updated:
ANNISTON, Ala. -

The city of Anniston is considering a gun buy back, and Calhoun County agencies are also interested in participating.

The Anniston city manager and council began discussions at Monday night's work session.  In the potential program, the city would provide cash or gift cards to people who turned in guns at a scheduled event.

The Calhoun County Commission, district attorney's office, sheriff's office, and crimestoppers expressed interest as well.  It would be a "no questions asked" buy back, with hopes the county would recover stolen firearms.

District attorney Brian McVeigh said the guns used in the last few capital murder cases in Calhoun County were all stolen.  That is a key reason he supports a gun buy back.  McVeigh said if the program prevents just one shooting, it will be a success.

Anniston City Council member David Reddick said he would vote in favor of a buy back if it is an option at an upcoming council meeting.

"I think the gun buy back program is a great idea.  It's a good way to get unregistered guns," Reddick said.

"Guns that could be causing a problem later on, go ahead and get them off the street so we don't run into that situation.

The idea is still in the development stage as the city manager reviews logistics including how much the city might spend, as well as when and where to turn in weapons.

Public information officer Aziza Jackson said the council went on a "listening tour" to ask members of the community about their main concerns.  The top three were education, economic development, and public safety.  She said this community effort to get guns off the street is not about taking firearms from responsible owners.

"It's mostly to get the guns out of the hands of people that don't need them or don't need to have them," Jackson said.

County commission chairman Tim Hodges said more and more communities are doing similar buy backs.  Hodges said it will be best for Calhoun County if this is a county-wide program, rather than simply limited to Anniston.

"Just this last weekend we had a shooting somewhere, early in the morning.  It's a problem and I think as elected officials we all deal with it.  We're all in the same county so we're all in this together," Hodges said.

He said it is important to have multiple entities including local police, the sheriff, 911, and other rescue operations participate.

"I saw several reports this weekend of cars being broken into and guns stolen.  Those are the kind we have to get off the street.  I think that just makes it better for the folks that are legitimate gun carriers," Hodges said.

However, they expect legitimate owners to also turn in guns they no longer need or want.

"Let's say for example I have a relative that died, and he's a shotgun owner or has several handguns and I don't want them," Jackson said.

"This is kind of giving people an even playing field, no questions asked really, they have a safe place to exchange from any type of situation.  Stolen, or a relative that inherited a gun they don't want."

The buy back would not punish anyone who turned in a gun, whether they had proper registered ownership of the weapon or not.  The district attorney said these programs typically accept all guns without identifying who exchanged it for the monetary incentive.

Once the collection is complete, law enforcement officers will determine if any of the firearms were reported stolen, and then return them to the original owners.

"It's more so providing an environment that's going to be comfortable.  We don't want people thinking we've got people following them out the door.  No questions asked.  It's a safe environment for that," Jackson said.

The Anniston city manager is considering the spending of about $10,000 for a buy back program.  The county commission, sheriff's office, and other agencies would also likely contribute to the funding.



  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 feared dead

    Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 feared dead

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:41:13 GMT
    A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.More >>
    A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.More >>
  • Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival at the gulf

    Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival at the gulf

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:05:11 GMT
    The 2nd Annual Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival is coming on September 6th at Perdido Key. The event will be held at Stacey's at the Point, just off Galvez Landing. Last year's event attracted over 3,500 visitors in its first year, more are expected this year.The festival will feature kayak and stand up paddleboard races, arts and crafts vendors, live music, a huge fireworks show and a BBQ cook off competition with cash prizes. This year's kayak and paddleboard races have been expanded with separ...More >>
    The 2nd Annual Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival is coming on September 6th at Perdido Key. The event will be held at Stacey's at the Point, just off Galvez Landing. Last year's event attracted over 3,500 visitors in its first year, more are expected this year.The festival will feature kayak and stand up paddleboard races, arts and crafts vendors, live music, a huge fireworks show and a BBQ cook off competition with cash prizes. This year's kayak and paddleboard races have been expanded with separ...More >>
  • Chrysler recalls older Jeep SUVs worldwide due to faulty ignition switches

    Chrysler recalls older Jeep SUVs worldwide due to faulty ignition switches

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:01:38 GMT
    The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.More >>
    The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.
    More >>
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Board members extend contract for Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools

    Board members extend contract for Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:59:49 GMT
    Parents all over are getting their child's 'back to school' list together. Classes in Birmingham start August 14, 2014. The school board is also getting ready. Board members checked off a big item during the last board meeting.More >>
    Parents all over are getting their child's 'back to school' list together. Classes in Birmingham start August 14, 2014. The school board is also getting ready. Board members checked off a big item during the last board meeting.More >>
  • One suspect in Ensley quintuple homicide trial agrees to plea deal

    One suspect in Ensley quintuple homicide trial agrees to plea deal

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:35:52 GMT
    Artavius Underwood, along with 2 other men, are accused of killing five men in an Ensley house in 2012.More >>
    Artavius Underwood, along with 2 other men, are accused of killing five men in an Ensley house in 2012.More >>
  • Governor Bentley meets with children relying on Carly's Law

    Governor Bentley meets with children relying on Carly's Law

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:05:26 GMT
    Governor Robert Bentley spent time with families that fought for the passage of Carly's law.The new law allows research on cannabis oil, as a potential treatment for seizure patients.The oil is derived from marijuana plants.The studies will be conducted at UAB."How is she doing, she's doing better. She had brain surgery two years ago." Governor Robert Bentley greeted Monday by several happy families at Pelham City Hall. "This is Carly, I know Carly, Carly came to see me in my office." Dustin ...More >>
    Governor Robert Bentley spent time with families that fought for the passage of Carly's law.The new law allows research on cannabis oil, as a potential treatment for seizure patients.The oil is derived from marijuana plants.The studies will be conducted at UAB."How is she doing, she's doing better. She had brain surgery two years ago." Governor Robert Bentley greeted Monday by several happy families at Pelham City Hall. "This is Carly, I know Carly, Carly came to see me in my office." Dustin ...More >>
  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:06:38 GMT
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.More >>
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.
    More >>
  • Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:05:18 GMT
    William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
  • Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:04:33 GMT
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.More >>
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
    More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Area NewsMore>>

  • 77-year-old Tuscaloosa man charged with sexual abuse

    77-year-old Tuscaloosa man charged with sexual abuse

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:09:16 GMT
    Tuscaloosa police say they were called to 1800 Links Boulevard Tuesday on a report of a sexual assault.Investigators spoke with a 18-year-old female and the suspect, 77-year-old Ira Williams. The victim told investigators she went to the suspect's apartment to buy cigarettes and the suspect assaulted her. The victim and the suspect were both interviewed and the scene was processed. Based on information and evidence, Williams was arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse. He was plac...More >>
    Tuscaloosa police say they were called to 1800 Links Boulevard Tuesday on a report of a sexual assault.Investigators spoke with a 18-year-old female and the suspect, 77-year-old Ira Williams. The victim told investigators she went to the suspect's apartment to buy cigarettes and the suspect assaulted her. The victim and the suspect were both interviewed and the scene was processed. Based on information and evidence, Williams was arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse. He was plac...More >>
  • Murder Victim's Aunt Speaks to ABC 3340

    Murder Victim's Aunt Speaks to ABC 3340

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:02 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:02:31 GMT
    Tuscaloosa, Ala._The family of a 21-year-old man killed over the weekend outside a Tuscaloosa motel is talking to ABC 33/40. The aunt of Jamarcus Roberts believes her nephew was killed simply for 'taking up for another guy'.Simetra Bogan says the suspect didn't even know her nephew. Bogan was in bed, when she got the call her nephew had been shot outside a Motel 6 in Tuscaloosa early Sunday morning."He wasn't into no drugs. He wasn't into none of that," Bogan said.She says Jamarcus was getti...More >>
    Tuscaloosa, Ala._The family of a 21-year-old man killed over the weekend outside a Tuscaloosa motel is talking to ABC 33/40. The aunt of Jamarcus Roberts believes her nephew was killed simply for 'taking up for another guy'.Simetra Bogan says the suspect didn't even know her nephew. Bogan was in bed, when she got the call her nephew had been shot outside a Motel 6 in Tuscaloosa early Sunday morning."He wasn't into no drugs. He wasn't into none of that," Bogan said.She says Jamarcus was getti...More >>
  • Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:24:52 GMT

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...