Chicago police are offering to pay people to turn in their guns

The Chicago Police Department held an event over the weekend where residents were paid to turn in their guns.

At the event, held Saturday at Saint Ida Church in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, residents received a prepaid gift card valued at $100 for each gun donated and $10 for BB guns, airguns and replica guns. WFLD-TV reported.

Chicagoans attending the event were not asked how they acquired the guns if they turned them in, and there was no limit to how many guns each person could exchange for a gift card.

A Chicago Police Department spokesman said 103 firearms were surrendered during the event along with 19 replica guns.

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The Chicago Police Department held a gun buyback campaign on Saturday (WFLD-TV / Fox News)

“Gun donations give people the opportunity to donate a gun, no questions asked.” Glen Brooks, director of community policing for the Chicago Police Department, told the outlet. “We don’t ask if the gun was found, if it was left behind, if you inherited it, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do everything you can to keep yourself and your family safer.”

The guns will be disposed of by the Chicago Police Department and anyone who was unable to attend the event is encouraged to hand in guns to the police station but will not be eligible for a gift card.

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Chicago skyline

The Chicago skyline photographed from outside the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Chicago Police Department also says they can safely dispose of ammunition or gun parts.

The gun swap event comes as Chicago continues to struggle with gun crime, including 24 reported shootings that claimed 31 victims over Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

At least four youths were involved in the weekend shootings and police said at least six people were killed in the weekend’s violence.

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Several uniformed Chicago police officers stand behind yellow police tape

This undated photo shows Chicago Police Department employees at the scene of an unspecified crime. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service/Getty Images)

Police and community organizers have held gun buyback events across the city in recent months as Democrats in the state continue to push for gun control laws, including a move this week to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, WLS-reported tv

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