With former Seattle mayors Greg Nickels, Norm Rice, Charles Royer and Wes Uhlman acting as co-chairs of the program, the Gun Safety Initiative aims to be an "expression of what our community our believes," according to McGinn, as well as the "beginning of a dialogue" about guns and what can be done to make our communities safer.
Specifically, with the help of sponsors like Amazon, PEMCO, the 5 Point Café and Big Mario's Pizza, the gun buyback program will offer $100 Amazon gift cards for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 gift cards for assault weapons. With the first gun buyback planned for Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Streets, officials say all guns will be accepted anonymously and no photos will be taken. Once collected, the guns will be melted down, with the metal used to create "something symbolic," according to McGinn.
After learning of the new program, at least one Daily Weekly commenter was disappointed to have missed out.
As commenter stinkymahi1 writes:
And here I just sold my "assault weapon" for $1,700.00 - a gun that was never going to be used in a crime. I could've gotten a $200 gift card to help Amazon fuck local businesses!!!! FUCK ME!!!!