Guns for Goods - Philadelphia News

November 21, 2008 3:26:55 PM PST
A program allowed people to trade in guns in exchange for food Friday in Frankford.A .22 caliber handgun was one of ten weapons people turned in to police during a three hour Guns for Groceries buy back program in Frankford.

Four revolvers, three semi-automatic handguns, a gas pellet gun and two-shotguns, one of which dates back to the 1920's.

People could anonymously turn in any weapon in exchange for a $50 gift card to the neighborhood ShopRite.

82-year-old Hans Kramer brought in a handgun he's had for 20 years. The Fox Chase grandfather traded his .22 handgun in for the gift card he'll give to charity and the peace of mind that comes from knowing it won't wind up in the wrong hands.

"I don't want the kids, my grandchildren to find it and play with it," Kramer said.

Whether a toy gas gun or a .38 semiautomatic, each makes a difference off the street.

"That's one less weapon that can be concealed, one less weapon that can be taken out of a burglary in a home," Officer Ed Quintana of the Philadelphia Police Department said.

Many area residents believe a few guns traded for groceries are better than none because every weapon brought here saves potentially saves at least a life.

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