Nearly 400 guns collected with Providence, Central Falls gun buybacks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Two gun buybacks led to hundreds of guns taken off the streets of Rhode Island on Saturday.
The gun buybacks were going on at the same time—one in Central Falls and then another in Providence.
In Central Falls, 173 guns were collected.
In Providence, 209 guns were collected, including two assault weapons, and eight stolen guns.
All of the guns, with both buybacks, will be checked to see if they’re connected to a crime before they’re destroyed.
The guns were dropped off anonymously by participants, who then received gift cards.
“If someone can convince me why [amnesty is] going to reduce gun violence in our city, then I could potentially change my mind, but at the moment, I do not support the amnesty piece because there are 130 open homicide cases in the City of Providence,” Providence city council member David Salvatore said.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza spent most of the day at The DiVinci Center helping with the buyback and counting the total number of guns at the end.
“Even if they’re legit and they’re owned and properly cared for, they can always have been stolen and find their way onto the street,” Mayor Elorza said. “That’s why we’re just a safe community and a safer city with less guns out there and this is going to go a long way to make sure we can stop some of the gunfire. It’s not a complete solution, but it definitely helps.”