Sunday, May 19, 2013

MI:Gun advocate arrested during protest of Wayne County gun buyback event in Detroit

DETROIT — As many as 40 protestors held signs and wads of cash outside New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit Saturday protesting a Wayne County gun buyback event.

Jerry Acker, a partner in Goodman Acker, P.C law firm, fronted $50 Meijer gift cards for each of the 200 guns collected, a cost of $10,000.

Meanwhile, gun advocates waited outside offering cash for guns the government hoped to take off the streets and out of homes.

"In many cases, they'll end up circulating back in the communities we're trying to take them out of," said Wayne County Chief of Police Operations Rafael Washington said.

One pro-gun protester was detained temporarily and cited for disorderly conduct.

Washington said he was "impeding the walkway," "becoming very vocal," and "interfering with the process."

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