Amazon Is Helping Police Take Guns Off The Streets Of Seattle


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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has become the biggest financial backer of a police effort to get guns off the streets of its hometown of Seattle.


The online retailer has poured $30,000 into the Seattle-King County Gun Safety Initiative. That's a program that allows people to turn in their guns in exchange for an Amazon gift card: $100 for handguns, shotguns, and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

In less than a day, the program hit its goal of getting $100,000 in private financial backing, reports

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In addition to Amazon's donation of $30,000 worth of gift cards, the program received $25,000 from the Seattle Police Foundation; $25,000 from Nick and Leslie Hanauer; $10,000 from the University of Washington Medical Center; and $5,000 from Pemco.

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Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.