May 25, 2015- Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green announced he would take steps to make our neighbourhoods safer by proposing the Safer City Initiative, a gun amnesty and buyback program supporting past Hamilton Police Services amnesty programs by adding a financial incentive. Councillor Green will move the Initiative at the next Hamilton City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in response to the recent brazen gun violence in Ward 3.
"I am supporting the community and police efforts in crime reduction by taking unwanted and illegal guns off the street. We are sending a message that we will all be working together and sharing responsibility to make our neighbourhoods safer.”
A gun buyback program would allow those with illegal firearms to turn in their illegal and unwanted firearms to the police. Last year’s amnesty program resulted in 374 guns and almost 20 000 rounds of ammunition turned in.
A similar amnesty and buyback program launched in 2000 in Toronto successfully made communities safer by taking 2000 firearms off the streets in two weeks.
“The best response to the events of last week in Hamilton is a show of force; not in the traditional meaning of the words. To get tough on crime you also have to get smart on crime. The gun buyback program is a show of the force of the resilience of the neighbourhood and the city as a whole to deal with the long-term factors that contribute to urban insecurity," says former Toronto City Councillor Rob Davis who championed the gun amnesty and buyback program in October 2000 and reached out to Councillor Green to provide support.
Councillor Green will gather with residents at JC Beemer Park on Thursday May 28 at 6pm for the #Proud2bWard3 rally in the wake of recent shootings in Hamilton. All residents of Hamilton are invited to attend.