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Guns for Tickets, Philly-Style
You know your town might have a crime problem when the local NBA franchise, in this case the Philadelphia 76ers, unveils a program to swap firearms for pairs of basketball tickets. The operation began Wednesday and will run for one week. Keeping in line with other gun swaps, this is a “no-questions-asked” trade. Police are only looking to get weapons off the street, not pursue criminal investigations.
This is nothing new, precincts throughout the country still rely on these programs, if anything, as a publicity stunt. Gun-rights activists should be especially wary of Philadelphia’s latest effort because Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson told reporters he would be “happy if law-abiding citizens turned in their firearms, too.”
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