Gift cards will be awarded for operable firearms at locations statewide on Saturday, April 6.
Mayor Angel Taveras in conjunction with Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Bristol Town Administrator Antonio Teixeira will hold a coordinated statewide gun buyback scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10am to 2pm.
"Gun buybacks are one way for local governments to remove unwanted firearms from our streets," said Mayor Taveras. "This buyback is an opportunity for individuals with unwanted, operable firearms in Rhode Island to get rid of them safely and anonymously at a convenient location. If even one accident or tragedy is avoided due to our gun buyback, this program will be worthwhile."
Gun buybacks will be conducted by police departments in participating towns. Authorities recommend that firearms be unloaded and transported in vehicle trunks to buyback locations.
In return for operable firearms, authorities will distribute retail gift cards ranging from $50 to $200, depending on the make and condition of the firearm. All firearms will be collected anonymously.
The statewide gun buyback will be paid for with privately donated funds. To date, SIMS Metal Management has donated $30,000 to help fund public safety efforts in Providence, including the City's illegal gun tip line.
"This statewide gun buyback is a way for Rhode Islanders to safely and anonymously return firearms that they no longer want in exchange for rewards," said Mayor Diossa. "I encourage all local residents who no do not wish to maintain their firearms any more to find a drop off location nearby and take part in the gun buyback."
Gun buybacks will be held at the following locations:
Knights of Columbus
20 Claremont Street
Central Falls, RI 02863 | map
A coordinated advertising campaign for the buyback will begin early next week.
Other locations may be added to this list in the coming weeks. For the most up-to-date list of gun buyback locations, visit www.providenceri.com/buyback.