Gun bounty program's popularity booms

August 22, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Pontiac's $50-a-gun bounty was so popular on its first day that the budget for the planned four-week program nearly went broke, but the city's mayor is confident of finding more money to keep it going.

About 250 guns were turned over to three city fire stations yesterday. At $50 a gun, that means $12,500 already has been paid out, leaving only $1,500 of the $14,000 donated so far.

Pontiac District Judge William Waterman proposed the bounty in reaction to the large numbers of young people he saw in his court who used guns to commit crimes.

The program was patterned after similar ones in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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