NYPD considering program that exchanges guns for Beyonce concert tickets

by Taylor Bigler, The Daily Caller  |  published on March 1, 2013

A hip-hop mogul has pitched an idea to the New York Police Department that would reward people who surrender their guns with tickets to Beyonce and Jay-Z concerts, according to the New York Daily News.

Michael “Blue” Williams of Family Tree Entertainment — who has managed Cee-Lo Green and OutKast — says he is awaiting the green light from the NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly to jumpstart the “Guns for Greatness” program.

In a letter to Kelly last week, Williams wrote: “This program aims to provide young people with an opportunity to receive guidance and inspiration from committed mentors, an important option that will enable them to experience possibilities other than a life surrounded by gun violence and unnecessary shootings and killing.”

“We want to get as many guns off the streets, and if this works, we’d like to support it,” Kelly told the Daily News. He is reportedly reviewing the proposal with police and city officials.

Williams told the Daily News that “[t]he Beyoncé show is coming to Brooklyn; the Jay-Z show is coming to Yankee Stadium. Our goal is to reach out to individuals who are in my industry, in my world and who I have an association with and get their support.”

Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s teams would have to agree to donate concert tickets. Neither has signed onto the project yet.

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