Brampton councillor says she will create not-for-profit to fund cash-for-guns plan
Brampton council rejected a city-funded program
Just hours after Brampton councillors rejected a cash-for-guns plan proposed by Coun. Charmaine Williams, the wards 7 and 8 politician announced she will raise funds privately to make it happen.
Williams announced Wednesday, March 27, she will create a not-for-profit called No Guns Know Peace Inc. which will support the Peel Regional Police gun amnesty scheduled to start in May.
“I have to accept the will of the majority on council,” she said in a statement. “As a mom of five kids and a homeowner, I don’t have to accept the rising rates of gun violence in my city.”
She said the new organization will raise money and pay for guns turned in during future amnesties run by Peel police, but it won't be ready in time for this May's amnesty.
“Our police need all the resources we can give them as they face off against the criminal element,” her statement reads. “Fewer guns means safer communities. When governments don’t step up to the plate, neighbourhoods have (to) step in.”
She said more than 3,000 residents in her wards signed a petition supporting the gun buyback she had proposed, which would have seen the city pay $100 for each gun turned in, up to a maximum of $300.
City staff estimated it would cost the city about $5,000 this year, but the plan received a lukewarm reception at council.
Three other councillors voted in favour of considering the plan — Michael Palleschi, Doug Whillans and Jeff Bowman — but the rest of council shot it down.
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