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St. Sabina gun buyback initiative begins Monday


By Jesse Kirsch, ABC7 Chicago

St. Sabina Church kicks off its gun buyback initiative on the heels of a violent weekend in Chicago.

The South Side church will be buying guns off the street on weekdays until 4 p.m. Anyone 25 or younger can turn in working firearms anonymously and depending on the type of gun they turn in.

They’ll get $200 for handguns or assault rifles, $100 for rifles, and $20 for high-capacity magazines.

Those guns will then be turned over to the 6th Police District, where they will be destroyed.

“Hopefully an opportunity to reach a young person and help them understand the value of their life, help them understand they have a whole future ahead of them,” St. Sabina Pastor Fr. Michael Pfleger said.

This initiative comes after yet another mass shooting in which five men were injured early Sunday morning in the Austin neighborhood.

St. Sabina’s gun buyback program begins at 8 a.m. and will continue each weekday.

This article originally appeared on ABC7 Chicago.

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