Families Of Shooting Victims Hope Gun Trade-In Works

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(Memphis) The push is on to get as many guns off the streets as possible.

The City of Memphis is joining a South Memphis church and MAPCO to offer $50 gas cards and Grizzlies tickets to those who will turn in a gun.

The program is getting the hard sell from the city's top cop.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is making the rounds this week, trying to sell the program he believes will make for safer streets.

He's using some hardcore facts to try to get his point across.

Families affected by gun violence are already convinced fewer guns is a good idea.

"The doctors said that it was a quarter-inch from hitting his brain but it just scraped him," said Tiffany Jones, victim's sister.

Jones has made several trips a day to The MED since her 21-year-old brother, Vickendrick Jones, was shot Sunday at the Flash Market in West Memphis. 

Investigators have no idea where the handguns used in crime came from.

They arrested two suspects.

Jones said, "That's the worst thing besides drugs that's on the streets is guns."

Armstrong is using the week leading up to this weekend's Gas For Guns trade in day to let the public know the dangers of handguns.

So far, this year, 87 percent of the homicides were committed with a firearm.

Guns were also used in 62% of aggravated assaults.

"When he came through the door they say he fell down. That's when he grabbed him and drug him in the house," Said Glenda Graham, shooting victim's aunt.

Just last night Graham's 17-year-old nephew, Malcolm "Snooty" Lewis added to those aggravated assault statistics. He was shot on Dunn Avenue about 11 p.m.

"I hope they catch them because they need to get rid of the guns and put them away. They are steadily killing these people's loved ones," said Graham.

Gas For Guns is scheduled for this Saturday at Bloomfield Baptist Church on South Parkway.

There will be no questions asked for those bringing in guns.

You'll get a $50 gas card for each gun you turn in and a pair of Grizzlies tickets.

The program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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