Santa Fe Plans First Gun Buyback Event

Jan 8, 2013

The city of Santa Fe will kick off Operation Safe Streets with its first gun buyback program at police headquarters on Saturday.

City officials say the goal is to provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted firearms.

Mayor David Coss has been pushing for a gun buyback program. He says he believes such a program will keep unwanted guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The city will be partnering with Wells Fargo Bank to give out gift cards in return for operational firearms. The city will pay $150 for handguns, $100 for rifles or shotguns and $200 for high capacity weapons.

All firearms accepted under the program will be destroyed.

Two more gun buyback events will be held in February and March.