Gun buyback program will offer pre-paid Visa cards (with FAQ)

Posted at: 02/05/2013 8:48 AM
Updated at: 02/05/2013 1:23 PM
By: staff

Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers are offering pre-paid Visa cards of up to $200 in exchange for unwanted firearms.

The gun buyback program kicks off Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Area Command Center at 6900 4th NW near Osuna in the North Valley.

The second event will be on Feb. 23 at the South Area Command Center, 2039 Isleta SW.  Hours for that will also be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program offers gun owners the chance to voluntarily turn in handguns and rifles safely and anonymously; no questions asked.

All guns must be unloaded and operational to be accepted for payment.

The gun buyback program is sponsored by County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley.

APD also started a gun buyback program – but the difference here is that Bernalillo County will pay people to turn theirs in.

Residents hope this will help stop gun violence.

"I've had several family members who were victims of gun violence,” said Tijeras mayor Gloria Chavez. “This has got to stop. Especially now when it's children."

The following firearms will be accepted:

Working firearms no longer wanted by the owner, working firearms inherited from a family member which are no longer wanted, working firearms that have been altered or modified.

The payment for each type of weapons will be $150 for any working handgun, $100 for any working long gun (rifle or shotgun) and $200 for any working high capacity or assault weapon system. An “assault weapon” shall be any semi-automatic, magazine fed, military style rifle or carbine.

Any non-working weapons, ammunition, or any imitation and/or low-powered air weapons, which are difficult to distinguish from real weapons and therefore pose a danger, may be surrendered for destruction.

However, no payment will be made for those.

The program will be funded with $50,000 from the county's general fund.

Frequently-asked questions about the Bernalillo County gun buyback program