A law firm in Detroit, one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the U.S., is offering its customers a “Groceries for Guns” program where customers can trade in their guns and receive a $50 gift card for groceries.
The program will be put on by Goodman Acker law firm at the New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are invited to turn in their firearms, no questions asked, and receive a $50 gift card to Meijer grocery store.
The two partners of the law firm, Barry Goodman and Gerry Acker, decided to sponsor the event in order to get a few guns off the streets and reduce crime. As lawyers in the city, Goodman and Acker are keenly aware of how gun violence “is claiming lives and destroying families and communities,” Goodman said.
The lawyers understand that the event won’t do much to stop violent crimes in their community, but they hope the program “can help save just one life.”
Law enforcement officials in the area support the program, citing that the three most dangerous neighborhoods in the country are all in Detroit. Some neighborhood statistics report that one in seven people are at risk for becoming a victim of a violent crime.