The police proposed to pay up to 500 dollars (438 euros) for an automatic rifle.
Contested, the initiative still met his audience. The Baltimore police announced Tuesday that they have recovered nearly 2,000 weapons, including a rocket launcher, during a buy-out operation to reduce crime in the northeastern United States. violence.
The figure of 300 murders in the city was indeed exceeded in 2018, for the fourth year in a row. The “record” dates from 2017, with 342 dead including 299 by bullet.
A budget of $ 250,000
A total of 1,860 weapons were collected last week during the three-day operation, the police said, without specifying the type of weapons involved. On Twitter, the mayor of the city, Catherine Pugh, said on December 22 that a rocket launcher had also been recovered.
The police, who had promised anonymity to the sellers, offered to pay 25 dollars (22 euros) for a high capacity magazine, 100 dollars (88 euros) for a handgun or a rifle, 200 dollars (176 euros) for a semi-automatic rifle, and 500 (438 euros) for an automatic rifle. According to the city council, a budget of 250,000 dollars (219,000 euros) had been allocated to this operation which caused controversy.
In an editorial, the Baltimore Sun estimated that the program was “a waste of time, money, and resources” because the majority of resellers were not criminals and many of the weapons recovered “do not even work. “. The chief of police, however, asserted in the local newspaper did not make distinction because “if they no longer exist, if they are no longer in homes, they can not be used or stolen”.