Milwaukee pastors call for gun buyback program

CREATED Oct. 14, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A group of Milwaukee pastors is calling on city leaders to sponsor a gun buyback program.
   
The pastors and their supporters held a news conference at a coffee shop Monday. They say a gun buyback program could remove weapons from Milwaukee's streets and reduce violence in their neighborhoods.
   
The pastors have asked the city to allot $50,000 in its 2014 budget to initiate a one-time, anonymous gun buyback, where residents could safely turn over unwanted weapons.
   
A spokesman for Mayor Tom Barrett's office says the mayor and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn met with the pastors in recent weeks about a gun buyback, and were in favor of the idea.
   
The mayor's spokesman tells the Journal Sentinel the next step is to figure out where funding would be available.