On June 24, Roanoke had its third annual gun buyback. Special thanks for our Quaker Meeting’s involvement with this project and to all the Friends who supported this event either with financial donations or by volunteering to help in-person. Those who were there got to meet new people and see our gun buyback efforts in action. As one Friend said, “It may be several years before a person who traded a gun for gift cards realizes the meaning of what they have done.”
According to the Roanoke Times, this was the most successful buyback yet. More than $27,000 in gift cards were given in exchange for firearms. Roughly 160 firearms were collected by the Roanoke Police Department.