By Brad Segall
BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — In an effort to get unwanted guns off the streets, authorities in Bensalem are holding a gun buyback program, giving residents a chance to surrender their firearms in exchange for cash.
Using money seized from drug dealers, the township will offer $200 for assault rifles, $100 for semi-automatic handguns and $50 for handguns, rifles and shotguns.
The goal is to reduce gun violence in the Bucks County community and guns will be exchanged for cash, no questions asked.
Public Safety Director Fred Harran says this is a first for Bensalem.
“A lot of the guns fall into criminal hands through burglaries or thefts from law abiding citizens. So if somebody has a gun lying around the house that they don’t want or they don’t use and they give it to us … they get cash and there’s no opportunity for somebody to break into their house to get that gun.”
The guns will be melted down for scrap metal. The buyback will be held Wednesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Municipal Building.