I should go with a wad of cash In an Effort to Further Reduce Firearm Violence in DC, the MPDC Announces New Gun Buy-Back Program Cash will be paid for weapons collected at three district stations on September 16 As part of its continuing push to further reduce gun violence by getting illegal firearms out of homes and off the streets, the Metropolitan Police Department is holding a day-long gun buy-back on Saturday, September 16. Residents of the District of Columbia, as well as certain neighboring jurisdictions, will be eligible to receive up to $100 in cash for each operational firearm they turn in to police that day. The initiative is funded by $250,000 earmarked by the DC Council during its July special session in which Councilmembers overwhelmingly approved emergency legislation to help combat crime. The gun buy-back will take place on September 16, 2006, from 9 am to 7 pm, at three locations: First District Station, 415 4th St., SW; Sixth District Station, 100 42nd St., NE, and Seventh District Station, 2455 Alabama Ave., SE. Only residents of the District of Columbia, as well as Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia, are eligible to participate in the program. All participants must display proof that they reside in one of the eligible jurisdictions. Absolutely no payments will be made to gun dealers from any jurisdiction. Payments will be based on the type and operational condition of the weapon surrendered, as follows: $100 for assault-style rifles and automatic/semi-automatic pistols $50 for revolvers, Derringers, rifles and shotguns $10 for air/BB/pellet guns No payments will be made for firearms that are inoperable. Payments will be limited to no more than 10 weapons per individual. "The goal of our latest gun buy-back is simple and straightforward: to reduce the number of needless injuries and senseless deaths that are the result of firearm violence," said Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey. "By taking literally hundreds of firearms out of homes and off the streets in one day, we are hoping to bring down the number of armed offenses, accidental shootings and suicide attempts that occur in our city with far too much frequency," he added. Between August 1999 and December 2000, the MPDC conducted three separate gun buy-backs, in which more than 6,200 firearms were recovered. Through the first eight months of this year, the MPDC had already recovered 1,616 firearms, a 3 percent increase from the same period of 2005. Note: Members of the news media who are interested in covering one of the buy-back locations on September 16 should contact the Public Information Office at (202) 727-4383, for information and guidelines.