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Crawfordsville Church Holding Gun Buy-Back Event

Semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines are the items to be collected at next weekend's event.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — A Crawfordsville church wants to buy back your gun and melt it down.

Semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines will be collected by members of the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church later this month.

All collected items will be melted down at Nucor Steel.

Owners will receive a $100 grocery store gift card for guns and a $25 gift card for accessories, reports The Crawfordsville Journal Review.

Event organizer David Hadley tells The Journal Review that he and co-organizer Sheridan Hadley wanted to take action after February's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

"We knew we were not in a position in Crawfordsville, Indiana — west central Indiana — to change laws or do anything immediately, and yet we wanted to do something to make children in our community safer,” Hadley told the paper.

The church last held a gun buy-back program nearly two decades ago. That event netted at least 25 guns, according to The Journal Review.

Hadley says he hopes the owners of semi-automatic weapons and accessories would "rethink keeping them in the wake of mass shootings". 

"We're not taking guns from people," he told the Crawfordsville newspaper. "We're giving people an opportunity to take them out of circulation."

The buy-back event is Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Crawfordsville Police Department.

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