'The difference is the money': Brampton mothers praised for launching gun buyback program in Peel
Peel police gun amnesty collected 129 firearms
NEWS Jun 07, 2019 by Iain Colpitts Brampton Guardian
Brampton Councillor Charmaine Williams applauded the efforts of two Brampton mothers who launched a gun buyback program a month and a half after city council voted against a paid gun amnesty program.
Peel Regional Police's spring gun amnesty wrapped up recently and officers collected 129 firearms and edged weapons, nearly four times greater than the total from last year's drive.
While Peel police run an unpaid program, Brampton residents Chrissy Zammit and Tiffany Richards-Johnson launched a non-profit organization called No Guns Know Peace Inc. It offered a $100 Visa gift card to whoever surrendered weapons through the amnesty and presented a receipt issued by Peel police.
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Even though Peel police collected much more weapons in this year's amnesty compared to last year, Williams feels it pales in comparison to the program offered by Toronto Police, which offered up to $350 for firearms surrendered collected around 2,700 guns.
“Residents want to know how Toronto can get thousands of guns of the streets and why Peel can only get hundreds," Williams said in a news release. "The difference is the money.”
On March 27, Williams presented a motion proposing a gun buyback program in Peel, but city council voted 7-4 against it. Richards-Johnson said she and Zammit, a friend of hers for more than 20 years, worked very quickly to get their organization up and running.
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