Reps. Deutch, Quigley, Connolly Reintroduce Gun Buyback Program Bill
Today, U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22), Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) reintroduced the "Buyback Our Safety Act," legislation that would create a Department of Justice program to support local gun buyback initiatives.
This bill would authorize a new matching grant available for local law enforcement agencies to help offset costs of buyback programs. The bill also requires the Department of Justice to report back to Congress on the success of the grant program.
"Unwanted firearms in the home can lead to unintended tragedies," said Rep. Deutch. "Gun buyback programs help prevent gun-related accidents at home, including by children, and reduce the chance of these guns ending up in the wrong hands. This is a matter of public safety, and our legislation will direct the Department of Justice to support more of these programs in communities across the country."
“Buyback programs are an effective, responsible step forward in making our communities safer by getting unwanted, unused firearms out of homes and limiting the opportunities for gun-related accidents and deaths. The Chicago area, in particular, knows all too well the importance of limiting dangerous weapons,” said Rep. Quigley. “I am pleased to partner with Congressman Deutch on this life-saving legislation.”
“Having served in local government, I know Congress must be a partner and provide resources to state and localities to help stem the gun violence epidemic," said Rep. Connolly. "The Buyback our Safety Act is an important tool for localities to take these dangerous firearms off our streets and protect our communities. I thank Rep. Deutch for his steadfast leadership on this.”
Last month, the City of Miramar partnered with the City of West Park and the Broward Sheriff's Office to host a gun buyback event where individuals could turn in unused firearms in exchange for gift cards.