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Del. Senator Speaks Out on Gun Buyback Program

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DOVER, Del. - The debate over guns continues in Delaware and people like Emory Lewis of Dover want legislators to do more to get guns off the streets.

"It's too many loose guns running around the streets. People are shooting people all the time," said Lewis.

This week, Delaware legislators appropriated $200,000 for a gun buyback program. That is the same amount of money appropriated last year, but never spent.

"So we're going to vote to have money the legislation that isn't even there yet? It's a back door approach to get the funding in hopes of getting the legislation," said Sen. David Lawson, R-Marydel.

Lawson said there is no authorization to spend that money at this point. He also said the gun buyback program is ineffective.
 
"It's promoted as a crime deterrent. It does not deter crime. It only brings guns in from people who don't know what to do with them," said Lawson.

Lawson said when Delaware had its first buyback program, it did not work.

"Look at Wilmington alone. We spent $200,000, took 2,000 guns off the street and within three days we had four shootings. There's your evidence," said Lawson.

However, there are plenty of people who support gun control and say the program should stay.
     
"If they can put some kind of control on it, if they could buy them back to get them off the street, it would be beneficial to everybody," Lewis said.

Lawson said the money should be spent on other things, like education and public safety.

"We could make sure they (police) are equipped properly. We could put resource officers in schools. That's two resource officers we could have for that money," Lawson said.

The program would be administered by Delaware State Police.

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