Montgomery gun reward program confiscates gun from 12-year-old

Montgomery gun reward program confiscates gun from 12-year-old

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery District Attorney's new Gun Reward program has confiscated its second gun. District Attorney Daryl Bailey and Crimestoppers' Tony Garrett confirm a second $300 reward will be paid out to a Montgomery woman.

The two say the woman witnessed a fight between two young men outside the window of her home. When she broke up the fight, a 12-year-old who was involved admitted to having the gun. That gun is now in police custody.

Bailey established the reward program in May. It pays $300 for information that leads to a gun in a child's possession. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 215-STOP, or reported directly to the District Attorney on Facebook at, or Instagram.

The program is funded by the Central Alabama Community Foundation and facilitated by Crimestoppers.

Crimestoppers is also making another effort to get guns out of the hands of children with a Gun Buy Back event Saturday. It will pay up to $100 cash for guns turned in.

"All guns will be turned over to law enforcement. They will be doing a background check to see if they were involved in any type of crime," said Garrett.

Garrett says doesn't expect children or criminals to be at this event.

"We're looking at widows, family members, children that need a change," Garrett says.

Many social services will be represented there, along with off-duty police officers to help connect families with the help they need. "Just to start people talking," said Garrett.

According to officials, all of the guns collected will be destroyed.

"We turn them over to law enforcement and they destroy the guns, they melt them," Garrett said.
 
The Gun Buy Back Event runs Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Ripley Street in Montgomery. No IDs will be checked, nor will paperwork be needed.

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