Will a gun buyback program remove weapons from Flint's criminals?

A privately funded gun-buyback program is one of three core elements of the city of Flint's violence-reduction plan, but research has shown that such programs fail to make a dent in violent crime because the guns they take out of circulation were not destined to be used to commit crimes in the first place. City officials expressed hope that offering gun owners $50 to $100 to turn in their unwanted guns will reduce the city's violence. In reality, researchers said, the program might have more effect on reducing the risk of suicide. But crime guns are rarely surrendered in voluntary programs like Flint's.

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