Albuquerque City Council members approved $75,000 in funding for a local gun “buyback” program this week, becoming the latest city to spend funds on purchasing unwanted firearms in order to destroy them.
“We continue to encourage gun owners to keep their firearms secured and to safely dispose of any unwanted firearms,” Mayor Tim Keller, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Gun violence is one of our biggest challenges and easy access to stolen guns isn’t helping.”
According to the city, more than 700 firearms were stolen from vehicles or during auto thefts and another 500 were stolen during residential burglaries in Albuquerque in 2018.
Sounds to me like the city needs to crack down on car and home burglaries instead of pay money for guns that aren’t being used in crimes, but the mayor and city council members are choosing a soundbite solution over strategies that could effectively lower the crime rate.