Saturday, December 17, 2011

A $1,000 misunderstanding at the Palmetto gun buyback

By Laura C. Morel
Crime/Immigration Reporter

It was a gun buyback to remember.

Not just because only one firearm was turned in during the New Life General Baptist Church's first gun buyback event on Saturday.

A second man walked into the church to turn in a Glock. But when he found out he would only get a $50 Visa gift card, he couldn't believe it.

He swore he'd read in the Bradenton Herald that residents would receive $1,000 in exchange for a gun.

"Fifty dollars?" he said. "That's not worth it."

The man walked out of the church, gun in hand.

Outside in his car, he showed me the article.

Here's the line that led to the confusion: "Palmetto police donated $1,000 to the buyback, and the church chipped in another $300 to purchase the gift cards. But Parker said the church needs more money to buy as many gift cards as possible."

I pointed to the last five words. "Ohhhh," he said, adding, "I just needed money."

He got in his car and left.

Pastor McArthur Sellars chuckled. "Just a misunderstanding," he said.

1 comment:

  1. And...They didn't stop the guy, check his record? Remember these buybacks want to get the guns off the street, away from the criminals.