Blytheville buyback event encourages gun control

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - In conjunction with the Cleaner Safer Blytheville initiative, the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance and local businesses sponsored a gun buyback.

People were permitted to drop off their guns, no questions asked in return for up to $75 and a ham for the holidays.

"We want to do something right and positive for our community in Blytheville. We're doing a great job, the Mayor is doing a great job here, so it was something I went to him and approached him about and he was all for it," said City Councilman John Musgraves.

Community leaders hope to create a safer community by limiting the amount of guns in Blytheville.

"Just to get guns off the street prevent someone from getting robbed or getting killed, that's our main goal," said Musgraves.

By helping to keep Blytheville a safer place, those that donated received a much appreciated thank you, in the form of money and a holiday ham.

"Give something back to them you know. They bring the guns off the streets, make it a little safer so those guns don't fall into the wrong hands and they're rewarded for that," said Chief Ross Thompson.

Chief Thompson and Councilman Musgraves are hoping this event is the beginning to a better Blytheville.

"We want to clean up our city and make it cleaner and safer and that's what Blytheville is all about," said Musgraves.

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