Michigan City Police announced that a two-day gun drive that ended March 2nd, has taken 145 weapons off the streets in Laporte County. Police say the weapons taken in will be destroyed.
The police provided a buyback incentive to encourage gun owners to turn in firearms. Sponsors who supported the buyback included Horizon Bank and the Community Outreach Donation Fund.
Michigan City Police say criminals are stealing guns from legal owners in increasing numbers, fueling violent crimes.
Each year in the United States, there are an estimated 500,000 guns stolen from homes where they were not properly stored.