Cafe Pushes City's First Gun Amnesty
Another metro city is offering gun amnesty, and a small business is pushing the idea forward.
It's Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Karray's Cafe near Highway 370 & 36th St. in Bellevue. People can turn over unwanted firearms without question or penalty.
Karen Stockton is behind the idea of Bellevue having its first Gun Amnesty Day and offered up her restaurant to hold it. She feels so strongly because of something that happened many years ago, but still resonates.
"My boyfriend who's the other owner here, when he was in middle school he came home to where his brother and his friend were playing with a gun and his brother accidentally shot his friend,” Stockton described.
Stockton wants to keep guns from reaching the hands of other kids, and raise awareness about safety. She knows they also illegally get to the wrong people.
"If you have a gun in your house and you don't have it locked up or secured, and somebody breaks in your gun is gone and who knows what kind of damage is going to be done," Stockton added.
Omaha's been doing gun amnesty for years. The Bellevue Police Department realizes one gun in the wrong hands, can impact the entire metro.
"Those float all over the place and if somebody is aware of one of those guns that somebody has that they shouldn't, if they think they can get it,” BPD Captain Chuck Clark explained. “We'd be happy to get those guns in particular off the streets."
Guns and ammunition will be accepted at the Firefighter’s Union Hall at 60th and Grover Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Karray’s Café, 3512 Samson Way, Bellevue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday November 10th.