Authorities to investigate possible theft from Georgia gun buyback
By Andrew Shepperson
Savannah Alderman Van Johnson partnered with nonprofit Savannah Youth City Inc. on the gun buyback initiative. (Photo: Savannah Morning News)
Law enforcement officials announced they will be conducting an investigation into the possible theft of firearms from a gun buyback program in Savannah.
Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap sent a letter Friday to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation requesting an investigation into possible gun thefts involving a gun buyback initiative run by the nonprofit Savannah Youth City Inc., The Savannah Morning News reported.
Heap’s letter came after Chatham County Manager Lee Smith issued a formal request for a criminal investigation looking into allegations regarding the “gun buy-back program, process of buy-back, securing of firearms etc.”
In a press release Friday, Smith said the firearms collected by Savannah City Youth had now been turned over to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team during the investigation. “We’re doing safekeeping,” Smith said at a Friday news conference.
“We had concerns about it, and I had gotten calls in my office. I had worked with CNT and said to them, I think for the safety of the public, the best thing that could happen … (was that) CNT hold those (and) inventory them,” Smith said.
“To get to the truth of what some of