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'Guns for Groceries' program aims to get weapons off the street

(WPRI) -- A new program is giving an incentive to those who handover their guns in an effort to curb gun violence.

The "Guns for Groceries" program will be offering Market Basket gift cards and Domino's pizza coupons in exchange for guns - no questions asked.

A $50 Market Basket gift card will be given to anyone returning a shotgun or long gun and a $75 Market Basket gift card will be given to anyone returning a handgun.

"Guns for Groceries" has two events taking place on Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:

  • Blessed Trinity Church, 1340 Plymouth Ave., Fall River
  • Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 634 Purchase St., New Bedford

The "Guns for Groceries" program is hosted by the New Bedford and Fall River police departments, in partnership with the UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure our community’s safety by turning in firearms that individuals no longer wish to keep or have a use for,” New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro said. “It is equally important for parents to turn in firearms that their children or young adults may possess unlawfully. Let’s keep our community safe by turning in unwanted guns.”

The program was inspired by a Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence Lecture given at UMass Dartmouth which included two Parkland, Fla. shooting survivors. Lawrence helped remove 3,100 guns from the streets of Southeastern Massachusetts through his gun giveback programs.

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