June 8, 2022

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National Gun Buyback Day Comes to Albuquerque 

Albuquerque, N.M. — Across the country, gun buybacks have become an effective tool to make our communities safer by removing unwanted guns. Now, for the first time, gun violence prevention organizations and faith-based groups are banding together to launch the first-ever annual Guns To Gardens National Buyback Day on June 11, 2022. There will be over 17 cities conducting buybacks on this day. Participating states include California (Oakland and Stockton), Colorado (Aurora), Connecticut (New Haven), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Maine (Bath, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth,Falmouth, Sagacahoc, Todsham, Waterville, Yarmouth), Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus and Euclid) Utah (Sandy) and Wisconsin (Madison).

Guns to Gardens Buyback Event New Mexico

Saturday, June 11th, 11:00-am-3:00 pm

La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

“Today, Albuquerque joins a national movement to safely take unwanted guns out of our communities. Like so many other District Attorneys, I have met with too many families who have been victimized by gun violence. Enough is enough. We need to take a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence, from gun buybacks to common sense background checks to proactive interventions against gang violence such as violence intervention programs.” Albuquerque District Attorney Raul Torres.

This is the 14th buyback New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence has conducted since 2016. Out of the 1000+ guns they have dismantled, over 33% have been semi-automatic handguns, semiautomatic rifles or assault weapons.  Their anonymous survey shows that 63% of participants turn their guns in for safety reasons.

“We are pleased to offer people an opportunity to surrender “unwanted” guns during a safe and anonymous event! La Mesa Presbyterian Church is committed to making the International District safer for all who live, work and visit here.” Beth Paycheck – member of the La Mesa Presbyterian Justice Committee.

The event is a safe surrender event facilitated by NMPGV and no information is retained on the participant turning in the firearms.  Participants can turn in as many firearms as they like, but they must be in working condition and unloaded.  NMPGV will provide participants gift cards from Target, Walmart, Amazon and Brewer Gas in exchange for each firearm turned in.  The value of the gift card is dependent on the firearm turned in:

         $250.00 for assault weapons

         $200.00 for a semi-automatic handguns and rifles

         $100.00 for a long guns and pistols

NMPGV will also be providing gunlocks and gun safety info to gun owners free of charge.

Once the surrender is completed and gift cards are issued, APD personnel will assist with conducting a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inquiry on the surrendered firearms to ensure they are not stolen.  If a firearm is determined to be stolen, the firearm will be entered into evidence and the rightful owner contacted to retrieve their property.

This is a drive thru event only and participants must remain in their vehicles. All weapons must be placed in the trunk or rear section of the vehicle. 

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