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Man affected by gun violence leading effort on gun buyback program in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis man is leading an online effort to help get guns off the streets.

Bruce Franks, Jr. told News 4 he’s partnering with City Hall and the St. Louis Police Department to raise money online for a gun buyback program. Franks was personally affected by gun violence when his 9-year-old brother was murdered in 1991 in south St. Louis.           

"It's more so of removing these guns off the street, removing stolen guns and removing guns that potentially mess somebody's life up one way or the other, " Franks said.

The online effort is being launched next week on Franks’ website, www.28tolife.org

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, has also been involved, and said the buyback program would be administered by the St. Louis Police Department.

“We want to raise a minimum of $50,000," Reed said.

Reed said the gun buyback program funded through crowdsourcing would be a first in the Midwest.

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