Anonymous Gun Buyback Scheduled for Saturday
Previous Gun Buy Back event (Photo: Coalition Against Gun Violence)
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
The Santa Barbara Police Department is partnering with the Coalition Against Gun Violence to remove unwanted guns from our community with the aim to reduce the risk of homicide, suicide and deadly accidents, often involving children.
The Anonymous Gun Buyback event will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara.
While supplies last, $80.00 gift cards from various retailers will be given to people turning in working handguns, shotguns, and rifles. $160.00 gift cards from various retailers will be given to people turning in functioning California classified assault weapons. The effort has been funded in part by a generous donation from the City of Santa Barbara.
After all firearms have been collected for the day, each serial number will be evaluated to ensure it has not been reported as stolen. The weapons will ultimately be destroyed then recycled.
Ammunition for handguns, shotguns, and rifles will also be collected at the Gun Buyback, however gift cards will not be provided in exchange for this.
Additionally, free gun locks will also be given away to anyone wanting one, while supplies last. Firearms must be transported to the Gun Buyback unloaded and in the trunk of a vehicle.
Under no circumstances should explosives or military ordnance such as hand grenades or artillery shells be brought to this event.
Source: Coalition Against Gun Violence
Coalition Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and Local Leaders Gather to Raise Awareness About Gun Violence at Santa Barbara City Hall
In a somber ceremony at Santa Barbara City Hall, Coalition Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and local elected officials joined together to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 7. The event also announced the June 15th Gun Buyback event.
Coalition Against Gun Violence President Toni Wellen reminded those gathered of staggering truths. In 2018, 40,000 Americans died from gunshots. Gun Violence remains a national pandemic that deserves attention every day.
Dozens in attendance wore orange clothing to kickoff Wear Orange Weekend, a national movement to bring attention to the color worn by hunters for safety. Wear Orange Weekend symbolizes the grim reality faced every day across this nation— that ordinary people with no expectation of encountering gun violence remain imperiled.
Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams delivered a heartfelt address from the steps of City Hall as did District Attorney Joyce Dudley, a representative of Congressperson Salud Carbajal’s office and the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. Santa Barbara County and City both acknowledged the importance of June 7 and their roles in ensuring public safety.