NEW ORLEANS - The second annual gun buyback event hosted by District "C" Councilmember Nadine Ramsey on Saturday, June 17, was a huge success with over 100 guns collected from the community.
At the event, which took place at the St. Roch Community Church, 67 pistols, 19 shotguns and 26 rifles were collected. Participating gun owners received $100 for working handguns, shotguns or rifles and $200 for assault weapons.
In 2017, New Orleans' shooting incidents have jumped to an unprecedented high, with 13 people being struck by gunfire in a single day on Saturday, June 3. The ultimate goal of the gun buyback program is to reduce gun violence by offering residents a safe and anonymous way to dispose of their firearms.
"I'm so thankful for all those who came out on Saturday and helped make this second gun buyback such an immense success," said Councilmember Ramsey. "This is an ongoing issue facing our community and getting these guns off the streets represents another important step toward decreasing gun violence."
Additional sponsors of the program included: Congressman Cedric Richmond, Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Senator Wesley Bishop, State Senator Troy Carter, State Representative Gary Carter, State Representative Jimmy Harris, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Second City Clerk Darren Lombard, Second City Constable Edwin Shorty, Morris Bart, LLC., Metro Services Group and Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association.
District "E" Councilmember James Gray and District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett were also in attendance.
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