ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Police Department is offering an opportunity for residents to turn in their guns and receive cash, no questions asked.
Residents who have a working gun in their possession may bring it to one of the below locations during the stated time periods.
Any individual turning in a gun will receive $50 for an operational handgun or long gun, and $100 for an assault rifle.
Money will be paid only for guns that are fully functioning.
No black powder firearms will be accepted.
The program is aimed at reducing accidental injury, suicide, domestic violence and gunfire in the community.
Those who may have fears about bringing firearms into a public space will be given contact information for Sgt. Eric Lauffer or Lt. Chris Young, who will arrange to meet them privately.
Times and locations:
Dec. 11 from 2-6 p.m.: Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver St.
Dec. 12 from 1-5 p.m.: Burton St. Community Center, 134 Burton St.
Dec. 18 from 1-5 p.m.: Shiloh Recreation Center, 121 Shiloh Road
Dec. 19 from 1-5 p.m.: Montford Community Center, 34 Pearson Drive.
The collected weapons will be destroyed, except for those deemed usable for APD training purposes.
In 2007, APD collected 314 firearms during gun “buy backs,” for a total of $16,100. Of that 314, eight were assault type weapons.
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