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East side business owner offers pizza for guns

Posted at 9:18 PM, Aug 23, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- In the midst of another violent summer in Indianapolis, the owner of a pizza shop on the east side is stepping up with a plan to try and help get rid of illegal guns in his neighborhood.

Donald Dancy's D & C Pizza has been in business since 1980. During that time, Dancy has been robbed and shot himself, on top of seeing violence increase around him.

"You know, I said, 'Maybe I could have helped them. Maybe I could have gotten that gun off the street,'" Dancy said. "Every one of these crimes, mainly with these kids, I said, 'If I could reach them with a pizza, I could save a life. I've got that in my heart, in my mind, that I could do it."

So Dancy's latest deal at his pizzeria is this: bring in any gun in exchange for any extra-large pizza, no questions asked.

"I'm not going to be asking questions because you brought me a gun," Dancy said. "You don't even have to have a pizza. If you just want to leave it here, I'll call police and that's all the questions I need to ask."

Dancy hopes the gesture will inspire a little more goodwill around the neighborhood, and maybe even inspire other businesses to step up and help.

IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff's Department say they're working with Dancy and the prosecutor's office to make sure what he's trying to do is actually permitted.