Providence, Central Falls to hold gun buyback program Oct. 17

Gun Buyback

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE)- Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joined Central Falls Mayor James Diossa in announcing a gun buyback program for both cities on October 17.

The mayors spoke alongside Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh Clements and the Nonviolence Institute Executive Director Cedric Huntley at The DaVinci Center in Providence Thursday afternoon.

“Gun violence is an ongoing public health issue across our country that has deeply impacted our families and our community,” Elorza said. “We know that when we remove a single gun off our streets, we may be saving one of our neighbor’s lives. ”

Elorza said residents could turn in guns with “no questions asked.”

The buyback events are scheduled to take place in two locations, both on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m:

  • The Davinci Center, 470 Charles St, Providence
  • Knights of Columbus, 20 Claremont St., Central Falls

Participants will receive a gift card of $100 for every rifle or shotgun turned in, and $200 for a handgun. A firearm that had been reported as stolen will receive a $500 gift card.

The firearms must meet the following conditions in order to qualify:

  • Firearm must be delivered unloaded with no magazines in the weapons
  •    Firearm must be placed in a clear plastic bag and delivered in a non-see through container such as a pocket book, gym bag, backpack or suit case.
  • If turning in ammunition in addition to a firearm, the ammunition must also be placed in a clear plastic bag and delivered in a separate non-see through container such as a pocket book, gym bag, backpack or suit case.  All magazines must be turned in unloaded and placed in the clear plastic bag and delivered in the non-see through container.
  •   If turning in just ammunition, the ammunition must be placed in a clear plastic bag and delivered in a non-see through container such as a pocket book, gym bag, backpack or suit case.   All magazines must be turned in unloaded and placed in the clear plastic bag and delivered in the non-see through container.
  •    The firearm must be transported in the trunk of a car separate from the ammunition

Participants must where a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines during the buyback.

Anyone that is looking to turn in a gun ahead of the event can contact the Providence Public Safety Complex in order to schedule a return, or arrange for a pickup through the city’s anonymous gun amnesty program.

The program can be reached by calling 401-243-6097 or through email at:  gunamnesty@providenceri.com.

 

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