Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 35

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 08, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Cqtar GizeUe: Sm.. DM. 8. H74 Pro, Con Of Bounty On Guns EDITOR'S NOTE "Wanted.- Guns. Bounty." For 2Vi months the Baltimore police department paid people to turn in guns. The aim was to reduce violent crime. But gun crimes went up, money ran out and the program was dropped. Now Wash- ington, D. C., might try a similar plan. By Robert Parry BALTIMORE (AP) Housewives sneaked into Ihe police station during the day bringing guns their husbands had lying around the house. "They knew their hubbies would be mad when they got home, but at least there wouldn't be a gun around to use on said Police Sgt. Laurence E. Leeson. "One guy won a gun on a !20 bet in a crap game and turned it in for But that's the kind of gun we were after, one that was floating around." Adds Dennis Hill, the police information officer: "All kinds of people look- part. Street people turned in guns with very little com- ment. Enough "A number of homeowners brought in guns because they were afraid someone would use one in anger or that they would be stolen. They'd been thinking about getting rid of the guns anyway, and the was enough to make them do it." Still, the Baltimore police department's experimental payment of a bounty for every gun turned in, was cut short in November. The program had lasted months, and the police had collected firearms mostly handguns at a cost of over in city funds. hundred 'dollars was paid for tips leading to the discovery of illegal guns. Donald Pomerleau, city po- lice commissioner, said that Operation PASS People Against Senseless Shootings ended because the federal government refused to provide funds to'keep PASS going. Went Up PASS was supposed to have reduced the number of gun- related crimes. Instead they went up during the life of the program. Pomerleau conceded this, but said, "Over the long run. lives will he saved." Pomerleau, 59, a retired marine colonel; has been known as an innovative police commissioner (luring his eight years as head of the Baltimore force. He is credited with opening the first storefront police- community relations office in the nation during the 1980s. He established a police acade- my with fully accredited col- lege courses, and he required on-duty policemen to return for 40 hours of retraining each year. The Baltimore gun program was the first of its kind in the nation involving money, ac- cording to Hill. The Philadel- phia police department con- ducted a voluntary gun-turn-in program a few years ago, but no money was involved and few guns were received. JIM Tip Since the termination of PASS, however, the city council of Washington, C. has voted to authorize a gun bounty program. The council approved a bill authorizing payment of for each tip leading to the confiscation of illegal firearms. The mayor was empowered to set a bounty for handguns and sawed-off shotguns turned in by residents. In Baltimore with one of the nation's highest crime rates the incidence of hom- icides-and assaults involving firearms increased sharply during the' bounty program which ended Nov. 6. For the 235 days in 1974 prior to Operation PASS, po lice figures show 112 homi cldes involving firearms. In two months of (he program, 47 persons were killed bj handguns. That is an average (Continued: Page ISA, Col. 1) Here is a gift to delight'any woman. Brushed sleepwear fashioned by "Movie Warm, colorful and interesting selection of ski styles. Buy singly or as a set. Long ski styled gown with cuff and neckline detail. Brushed nylon in pretty poppy, lilac, jade and sky blue. Sizes 5 Gif table Brushed Sleepwear by famous Movie Star" everyone loves gifts from... 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