Peace Activists to Give Out Groceries for Guns

Published 05/08 2014 04:31PM

Updated 05/08 2014 05:23PM

Some local peace activists are doing their part to reduce the number of guns in our community.

The Saint James Peace and Justice Committee is holding a Groceries for Guns event in Johnson City on Saturday.

People will receive a $50 grocery store gift card for working handguns, shotguns or rifles and a $100 dollar card for a working assault rifle.

This is the fifth time the group has offered to exchange another item for unwanted firearms.

Last year, the exchange took in 57 guns including two assault rifles.

In many cases, widows turn in their husband's guns or veterans trade in service guns they had kept as souvenirs.

"Some of them are young people who just know that they're not good to have in their house. Especially people with young children, people with grandchildren coming in. So, it's all ages. But I must say the majority are women. We are peacekeepers," said committee chairperson Helene Gilroy.

The guns can be turned in anonymously, however a Broome County Sheriff's Deputy will be on hand to check that the firearms haven't been reported as stolen. The Sheriff will then crush the guns.

Groceries for Guns takes place in the parking lot for the Saint James Catholic Church Rectory on Main St. in J.C. from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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