Police: 382 guns exchanged for gift cards in buyback events

Police: 382 guns exchanged for gift cards in buyback events

Providence R. I (WJAR) — Hundreds of guns were collected and exchanged for gift cards in Providence and Central Falls on Saturday. The gun buyback events went on as scheduled after police said they would run ballistics tracing on every weapon turned in. Providence Police collected 209 firearms while Central Falls Police counted 173 firearms. A total of 382 guns includes eight stolen weapons and two assault weapons. The firearms were in exchange for Visa gift cards ranging from $100 for each rifle or shotgun, $200 for each handgun, and $500 for each gun that’s previously been reported stolen. That money for the gift cards was privately raised and donated. "The Gun Buy Back event this morning went extremely well and was an absolute success beyond our expectations," said Providence Public Safety Commissioner Pare. "A total of 382 firearms were yielded between both Providence and Central Falls. This number is indicative of the amount of guns that were currently within our community and had the potential to pose a multitude of risks to many individuals. We thank everyone for their support and participation and we are a safer community as a result of this program." The line stretched out the door at the DaVinci Center on Charles Street in Providence. It was all anonymous and no questions were asked. “All the guns taken in will go through a process and in the end will be destroyed. They will be chopped up or melted,” said Central Falls Capt. Christopher Reed. […]

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