'Amnesty on steroids': Brampton councillor wants city to pay $100 in cash-for-guns plan
Brampton Guardian Mar 18, 2019 by Pam Douglas
Brampton councillors are considering a cash-for-guns program this May to boost this year's gun amnesty run by Peel Regional Police.
Wards 7 and 8 Councillor Charmaine Williams recently introduced a motion asking that money be found in the budget for the city to pay $100 per gun turned in, up to a maximum of $300 per person.
“I believe it’s time we have a creative Brampton solution for the Brampton problem of gun violence,” Williams told the Guardian. “And I think it’s important that we realize that not all gun violence is gang violence.”
To those who criticize the idea because they say criminals won’t turn in their weapons, Williams points out that suicides, accidents, and domestic violence can all involve gun-related deaths and injuries that can be reduced by getting unwanted guns out of local homes.
"The chief said he’s going to bring to us statistics on what he believes would be guns used in the process of crime versus those that would be old relics or hunting (guns)" Brown said, adding he believes in making decisions based on facts, so he will wait to hear from the chief.
Williams campaigned on a platform of public safety, and called for a buyback program in her election platform.
"To me, it’s the perfect government program because if it doesn’t work, if we don’t get guns in, it doesn’t cost the taxpayers money,” she said.
“They got zero dollars and still handed the guns in,” Williams said. “So $100 will double or triple the success of the amnesty because it’s an incentive. It’s like a gun amnesty on steroids.”
Toronto Police Service has used incentives in the past.
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