Rio Arriba County Holds Gun Buy Back

Swords Into Plowshares destroying weapons with saws. The wood is separated from the metal to provide the raw materials for garden tools. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Rio Arriba Community Health Council held the “Swords Into Plowshares”, an event designed to make Española safer for public and police alike, Saturday Dec. 10, in partnership with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the public brought in 31 weapons including five semi automatics, one sniper rifle, one black powder gun prone to misfiring, and one stolen rifle. The stolen rifle was returned to its owner.

All non-antique weapons will be melted and turned into garden tools. New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence held another event in Santa Fe, which netted an additional 80 weapons.