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Moline Police Buyback Hundreds of Firearms

Moline police are happy with the results of their gun buyback event over the weekend. With 22,000 dollars of privately raised money from Crime Stoppers, they took in 305 firearms.

a few of the handguns purchased last weekend by Moline police
Moline Police Department
a few of the handguns purchased last weekend by Moline police

The lists includes 65 rifles, 114 handguns, 13 magazine fed rifles, 100 shotguns, 6 semi-automatic shotguns, two sawed off shotguns, and three, 3-D printed handguns.

On Saturday, officers paid 100 dollars for handguns and shotguns, and 200 dollars for magazine fed rifles.

Officers heard stories from dozens of participants about how they were grateful for the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted firearms. Some were elderly, while others had inherited firearms and had no interest in owning them. And it was an opportunity to remove these firearms from possibly being lost, stolen, or burglarized.

Moline detectives are working to inventory the firearms, run serial numbers for wanted or stolen firearms, and cross checking ballistics databases. Once the firearms are processed they will be destroyed, unless a stolen firearm is recovered and needs to be returned to a lawful owner.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.