Santa Fe Guns To Gardens Buyback Event June 29

NMPGV News:
 
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Santa Fe Police Department will mark the ninth statewide gun buyback 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.
 
Gift cards for food and gas will be given in exchange for unwanted working firearms, $100 for pistols and long guns, $200 for semi-automatic hand guns and $250 for assault weapons.
 
Guns will later be dismantled and forged into gardening tools by Brazilian blacksmith Tiago Torres Da Silva.
 
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, for every two firearm deaths in the United States there are now three on average in New Mexico. Firearm mortality rates in New Mexico were consistently higher than United States’ rates from 2005 through 2017. They also increased nearly twice as fast in New Mexico as the United States.
 
Additionally:
  • New Mexico children are killed by firearms at a rate 60 percent higher than the national average;
  • New Mexico experienced its most violent year of firearm deaths in more than a century in 2018 with 436 deaths;
  • The majority of people in possession of unwanted firearms do not know how to dispose of them responsibly; and
  • Gun buyback programs are a proven way to safely and anonymously collect thousands of such weapons, immediately reducing the risk of gun violence in any community.
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