Gunning for peace
Local churches organize a gun buyback program to help stop the violence
By André Coleman 04/11/2013
The Pasadena Area Gun Buyback and Peace-Source Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, near the Pasadena Police Department on Garfield Avenue.
At the event, $50 gift certificates will be exchanged for nonworking firearms, a $100 certificate will be given for handguns, rifles or shotguns, and a $200 certificate will be given for assault, or military-style weapons.
“The importance of the buyback is to give our community members an outlet to legally surrender firearms, regardless of whether the gun is working or not,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, who said 147 firearms have been surrendered to police in the past 20 months.
“We are always looking for people to lawfully surrender weapons,” Sanchez said.
Since Christmas Day, when community activist and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee Victor McClinton was gunned down in front of his home, there have been four fatal shootings in Pasadena.
While guns are being collected, a fair will take place on Thurgood Marshall Street, near the police station.
“The Peace-Source Fair aims to address the root causes of violence,” said program spokesperson Jill Shook. “The fair will promote seven intervention and prevention initiatives: conflict resolution training; after school initiatives, including mentoring; mental and public health programs; parenting and family services; prisoner re-entry; economic causes of violence, such as the lack of jobs and affordable housing; and legislative and policy issues.”
The buyback is organized by several local churches, which have donated funds to help purchase the gift certificates. Local restaurants are also holding fundraisers to help with the buyback