Gun buyback and ‘Peace-Source Fair’ planned in Pasadena

PASADENA — Pasadena-area residents are invited to exchange unwanted guns for gift cards Saturday at Pasadena’s first gun buyback event.
The gun buyback will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Police Department, 207 N Garfield Ave., organizers said in a written statement.
The gun buyback will be accompanied by a “Peace-Source Fair,” which will feature not only free food and entertainment, but also information about local efforts to promote non-violence. Topics discussed will range fro mental health and parenting services to prisoner re-entry and conflict resolution training.
Planned speakers include Pastor Kerwin Manning, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and many others.
The resource fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of Pasadena City Hall, Along Euclid Avenue just south of Walnut Street, officials said.
Those bringing firearms to drop off in exchange for Ralph’s, Target or Best Buy gift cards are asked to head southbound on Garfield Avenue from Walnut Street as they approach the buyback event.
“There is a no-questions-asked policy,” according to the written statement. “Please bring your unloaded firearm in your trunk of your car, and allow the police to remove it from your car. At that point, you will receive a gift card. ”
“You can exchange multiple guns, each for a gift card,” organizers added. ” Ammunition can also be brought, but there is no gift card exchanges for ammunition.”
Saturday’s gun buyback and Peace-Source Fair is presented by the Pasadena Area Gun Buyback Committee, a network of Pasadena-area churches, the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Police Department at the Flintridge Center. Community donations have raised nearly $20,000 in funding for the events.
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