Mayor Swearengin, Chief Dyer Announce Cash for Guns Event Set for Saturday at Fresno Fairgrounds
08/03/2009

Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer today announced that they will join forces with Valley Crime Stoppers to create a one-day Cash for Guns event at the Fresno County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cash for Guns event provides a location for the anonymous drop-off of firearms in exchange for up to $200. Mayor Swearengin and Chief Dyer said programs such as this will help end gun violence and will create a safer community both for residents and police officers.

“Too many lives have been lost to gun violence,” Mayor Swearengin said. “It’s more important than ever for us to do everything that we can to get guns off the street and make our neighborhoods safer. We need all of our residents to do their part by turning in firearms at the Cash for Guns event.”

“The program is completely anonymous with no questions asked and no IDs checked,” Chief Dyer said. “We hope this program will prevent firearm-related incidents and get guns off the streets.”

The buyback program will give cash gift cards from Target ranging from $50 to $200 based on the type of firearm turned in:

• $50 for every rifle
• $100 for every handgun
• $200 for every assault rifle

For more information on the program, call (559) 498-STOP or visit www.valleycrimestoppers.org.

Sponsors of the program include the Fresno Police Chief’s Foundation, Valley Crime Stoppers, Donaghy Sales, CBS Outdoor, Peak Broadcasting, Lotus Communications, KSEE 24, The Fresno Bee, Central Valley Classifieds, Fresno County Fairgrounds and Jeffrey Scott Agency.

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