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Pasadena's First Gun Buyback Event Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pasadena's First Gun Buyback Event Saturday, May 11, 2013

PASADENA FIRST-EVER GUN BUYBACK EVENT MAY 11, 2013 

  Help Get Unwanted Guns Off Streets; Attend Peace Source Fair

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena’s first-ever gun buyback event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 in front of the Pasadena Police Department headquarters, 207 N. Garfield Ave.  The Police Department is working with numerous faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies and local businesses to facilitate the Pasadena Gun Buy Back Program and Peace Source Fair.  

The goal is to remove unwanted firearms from the community, educate the public on proactive gun safety, and promote a safer community through violence prevention, intervention and resource assistance.  During the Peace Source Fair, insights into on-going efforts to reduce violence in the community will be shared by civic, community and faith-based leaders. 

Participants who plan to turn in guns will be asked to remain in their vehicles with all firearms stored unloaded in the trunk of their vehicles.  Vehicle traffic will be directed southbound only on Garfield Avenue from Walnut Street.  Law enforcement personnel will contact drivers in their cars, who are asked to remain in their vehicles while officers safely remove all firearms from the vehicle.  Once firearms are safely surrendered, drivers will receive gift cards and then be directed out of the processing area southbound toward Ramona Avenue. 

Gift certificates will be issued as follows: $50.00 for a non-working firearm; $100.00 for working handguns, rifles or shotguns, and $200.00 for functioning military-style assault weapons.  Weapons will be evaluation by on-scene firearms experts before gift cards are issued. 

The Peace Source Fair runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thurgood Marshall Street between Garfield Avenue and Euclid Avenue, adjacent to Pasadena City Hall.  The fair will feature speakers, live music, resource tables, and food trucks.  Parking is available at Euclid Avenue and Walnut Street or Euclid Avenue and Union Street. 

Please contact Lt. Tracey Ibarra at (626) 744-7875 or by email tibarra@cityofpasadena.net for questions regarding the gun buyback program and Melissa Hofstetter for the Peace Source Fair at (626) 675-1316 or online at www.pasadenagunbuyback.org. 

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Posted: 5/9/2013 08:00:00 AM