Groceries for Guns- LCPD Partners with NMPGV For Firearm Buy Back Event

Las Cruces, NM: GROCERIES FOR GUNS BUYBACK

Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. EMPSC East Mesa Police Safety Complex 550 N. Sonoma Ranch, Las Cruces, NM 88011

Las Cruces, (Pending), 2021– The Las Cruces Police Department is partnering with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence for a Groceries for Guns Buyback Event. The buyback will be on Saturday, March 13, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Las Cruces Police Headquarters, located at EMPSC East Mesa Police Safety Complex 550 N. Sonoma Ranch, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

NMPGV is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to reduce firearm injury and death through education, public health, advocacy, and public awareness in order to protect the safety of our families and communities. This is the second gun buyback event LCPD and NMPGV have held to support responsible gun ownership and keep unwanted firearms out of unsafe hands. It is the 11th gun buyback NMPGV has done in New Mexico. The event is funded and organized by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.

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 Albertsons, Target, Walmart and Amazon in exchange for each firearm turned in. The gift cards are purchased by NMPGV and not at the expense of the City of Las Cruces. 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 to gun owners free of charge.

Once the surrender is completed and gift cards are issued, LCPD 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.

Participants will be required to be in compliance with the standing Health Order and City Ordinance concerning COVID-19 safe practices and the wearing of a face covering.

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