U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, in announcing Thursday that his "groceries for guns" programs have collected more than 1,061 firearms, mentioned something else: A tip line that he started with the Citizens' Crime Commission paid a $1,000 reward for an anonymous tip that led to the arrest and seizure of a 41-year-old ex-felon with four firearms - including an AK 47.
Fattah began the "groceries for guns" effort with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and a coalition of community groups. They've done five gun exchanges.
In the "groceries for guns" program, anyone who turns in a firearm - no questions asked - gets $200 in vouchers for groceries. The next exchange will occur in about a month, "in a neighborhood east of Broad Street," Fattah said in a news release. *