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Fort Worth joining Dallas in gun buyback after a long hiatus
By MIKE LEE
FORT WORTH — More than a decade after dropping a similar program, Fort Worth officials are joining Dallas in holding a gun buyback program on Aug. 15.
People who turn in a working gun will receive a $50 gift card, no questions asked. Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who has organized other buybacks in Dallas, challenged Fort Worth to have one of its own, and Fort Worth City Councilman Frank Moss stepped up.
"I think it’s important we both work together," Moss said.
Fort Worth’s buyback will be in the afternoon, while Dallas’ will be in the morning.
Some details, such as the exact location, are still being worked out, Moss said. But the event will be near Miller Avenue and Berry Street, to attract residents from southeast Fort Worth. Moss said he and other organizers are trying to raise enough money to buy 300 guns.
"One thing we have been watching in our crime reports, District 5 has experienced more gun crime and gun violence," Moss said of his district, which includes southeast Fort Worth.
In 1993, Fort Worth launched "Stop the Violence/Stop the Tears," becoming the first city in Texas to offer cash as a way to get guns off the streets. Similar programs ultimately collected thousands of guns in Buffalo, N.Y., St. Louis and Minneapolis.
Fort Worth canceled its buyback program in 1994 after collecting only 115 weapons the year before. Then-City Manager Bob Terrell said the program simply "did not work."
Critics said the earlier program may have suffered because it paid a small amount and police insisted that people turning in guns provide identification.
Caraway said in a news release that a Dallas buyback in February netted 150 guns, and that the Aug. 15 event there will be at Dallas City Hall. He suggested that he may challenge cities beyond Fort Worth, saying, "We need to work with other cities and be proactive, to increase safety in our communities."
MIKE LEE, 817-390-7539