Rhode Island police offer Wal-Mart cards for gun buyback program.

Providence police are hoping to get guns off the streets…

Providence police are hoping to get guns off the streets by offering to exchange them for Wal-Mart gift cards, no questions asked.

The gun buyback will held Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th, from 10am to 6pm, at two locations:

– District 2 Community Substation at Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Ave.
– Olneyville Housing Corporation, 66 Chafee Street

Police will offer a $50 Wal-Mart gift card for smaller caliber guns, and a $100 Wal-Mart gift card for larger caliber weapons.

People can turn in their weapons anonymously, and they will receive amnesty for gun possession charges.

All weapons must be delivered either in a paper bag or cardboard box, with ammunition stored in a separate container.

“Enough is enough,” says Dennis Langley of the Urban League of Rhode Island, who supports the initiative. “We have seen too many tears shed because of lives unnecessarily lost.”

Reverend Charles Berkley, whose church is located just down the street from a recent murder, says he hopes Providence’s younger residents get the message loud and clear.

“They need to know that this city cares about them. We don’t do everything right. We won’t solve every problem, but we are doing what we can. We’re trying stuff to do what we can best do to help them be safe.”

Source: Darren Soens Walt Buteau for WPRI.

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