As part of a continued battle against gun violence, the Rocky Mount Police Department on Thursday will hold its fourth gun buyback program, paying cash for unwanted firearms.
“We are taking whatever steps we can to get weapons out of the hands of the wrong people,” Cpl. Mike Lewis said.
The department will accept all guns – from non-working replicas to assault rifles – from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the police department parking lot at 330 S. Church St.
“For safety reasons, we ask them to leave the weapons inside their car when they arrive at the police department,” Lewis said. “They should come up to the tent and tell the officer where the gun is in the vehicle and they will safely secure the weapon.”
No questions about the history of the gun or why residents are participating will be asked, authorities said.
“This is a way to get these guns you don’t want out of your home without any questions,” Lewis said. “Most of the time people want to get rid of a gun so their child isn’t exposed to it or they are concerned about someone stealing the weapon.”
Nearly 250 guns have been turned in throughout the past three gun buyback events and almost $10,000 has been paid to participants.
Staff will pay $5 for each air gun, BB gun and non-working weapons while rifle and shotgun owners will receive $50 per gun.
Owners will receive $75 for each handgun and $100 for any type of assault rifle.
“The assault rifles are the largest threats, therefore we are paying the most for those – but we want to give the public an opportunity to get any type of gun out of their home that they are uncomfortable with,” Lewis said. “We will pay them and dispose of the weapons in a safe and proper manner.”
The city has allocated $6,000 to the event.
“We want to do whatever we can to make the community safer,” Lewis said.
For more information, call the police department at 972-1471.