A community in Northern Virginia is taking action in response to recent mass shootings across the country.
Dumfries has approved an ordinance authorizing a gun buy-back program, but not everyone in the community is buying into it.
Council members supporting the measure said they wanted to act locally after witnessing one mass shooting after another in recent weeks.
“In Virginia, if you want to incentivize people to report their unwanted firearms, you have to have a local ordinance, and so that’s really that incentive part,” City Manager Keith Rogers said.
He pointed out that people who have unwanted firearms can already hand them over to the police department but receive nothing in return.
Prince George’s County and DC have had gun buyback programs in the past, but in Dumfries, while the new ordinance allows buybacks, an event has yet to be scheduled.
“What that might look like is our police department partnering with a non-profit agency and having a community event where we say we’ll be here that day, if you have a…gun whose you don’t feel like going out, get out, free coffee and breakfast, for example,” Rogers said.
At the Dumfries City Council meeting, some argued that a gun buy-back was unnecessary because Dumfries did not have a big problem with gun violence.
“This ordinance is trying to chase away a problem that I don’t think really exists in the city,” said mayoral candidate Ebony Lofton.
The mayor of Dumfries said the ordinance was just one more tool to try to keep residents safe.
Dumfries Police responded to a shooting incident on Thursday. It does not appear that anyone was injured, but several shell casings were found at the scene.