Halifax regional council moves ahead with guns for bus tickets plan
Despite many suggestions that the program is a “joke,” council voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to offer bus tickets to anyone who turns in guns.
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If you’ve got a gun, but don’t have a ride, the municipality has the solution for you.
Despite multiple councillors’ suggestions that the program is a “joke,” Halifax regional council voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a plan to offer 50 Halifax Transit tickets to anyone who turns in guns or ammunition.
Coun. Gloria McCluskey said she had constituents calling her laughing about the proposal.
“I think this is kind of a joke, but anyway, maybe it’ll work,” she said during the debate on Tuesday.
The program stems from meetings between Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax police leaders, and members of the public after “a spate of gun violence earlier this spring in HRM involving the deaths of four young men.”
“Does anyone in this room believe that if this program was in place two weeks before that, that one of those four deaths would’ve been prevented? It’s highly unlikely,” said Coun. Steve Adams.
Nearly every councillor seemed to agree that the incentive – worth $100 – wasn’t enough to get people to turn in their guns, but they voted in favour of the program anyway.
The amnesty program will run from Sep. 12 to Sep. 23, and people interested should call police, who will come pick up any guns or ammunition.