Gun buy-back program in Coatesville Saturday

Posted: March 16, 2013

A coalition of Chester County groups will host a "Gun Buy Back" day Saturday at the Coatesville Memorial Community Center.

The event is a "no-hassle, no-questions-asked, no-arrests-made" opportunity to turn in firearms, organizers say.

Participants will receive a $100 gift card per gun and will be paid for a maximum of two guns, receiving a total maximum payment of $200 in gift cards. Additional guns may be turned in, but no payment will be received.

The event is an effort to combat gun-related violence in the community, said Chaya Scott, director of the Coatesville Youth Initiative which has a gun buy back program as part of their mission.

Community groups and social agencies will distribute information and offer counseling. A gun-safety kit will also be distributed.

Police will be at the event to insure that guns are handled properly.

To turn in weapons, guns must be unloaded and placed in a clear plastic bag which is then put in an additional container such as a shoe box.

Ammunition may also be turned in, but it must be delivered in a separate bag.

The event is sponsored by the Brandywine Health Foundation's Coatesville Youth Initiative, Child Guidance Resource Centers, New Life In Christ Fellowship, Valley Creek Crisis Centers, Human Services Inc. and the Coatesville Police Department

Gun Buy Back day will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the Coatesville Memorial Community Center, 99 N. 9th Avenue, Coatesville.

For information or to donate to the Gun Buy Back Program call: 610-380-9080, ext 111.

   --Kristin E. Holmes

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