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Fayetteville Gun

Posted August 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The illegal possession of guns can add up to big problems for law enforcement officers. Cumberland County is offering a solution.

The Fayetteville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers program started a new system on Friday to get those illegal guns off the street. It's called B.I.G.G. -- Bring In Gangsters and Guns. Crimestoppers president John Malzone says that the program gives the public a safe, anonymous way to help cops clean up the streets.

The public is encouraged to report people who illegally own a gun. If a citizen's report leads to an arrest, the tipster will pick up $200.

Knowing that a suspect may be armed will be a big help to officers, according to Officer Wayne Burgess of the Fayetteville Police Department.

If you know of someone who carries a gun illegally, you can call Fayetteville Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS. Remember, if an arrest is made, you get a $200 reward.