Aurora churches hosting RAWtools gun buyback on Sunday

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Garden tools made from donated guns, from the Rawtools website

AURORA |  In response to increasing rates of gun violence in Aurora and Denver, Mountain View United Church and Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ are partnering to host an anonymous gun buyback over the MLK weekend for people who have guns they no longer want.

The churches are hosting the buyback in partnership with RAWtools, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit that hosts buybacks and nonviolence training workshops. Last year it held gun buybacks with several churches in Boulder and Longmont in the wake of the King Soopers mass shooting in Boulder. Part of its program includes turning gun parts into garden tools in homage to Bible verses about “beating swords into plowshares.”

The buyback will take place from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at Mountain View United Church, 10700 E. Evans Ave. in Aurora. Gun owners will be compensated $100 for single shot rifles and shotguns that are turned in, $200 for semiautomatic handguns and rifles and $300 for assault-style rifles (as determined by RAWtools). The anonymity of people who return guns will be ensured, according to a news release.

Also on Sunday, gun violence survivor Sharletta Evans will speak at Sixth Avenue United Church to share her story of losing her 3-year-old son to gun violence and becoming a criminal justice reform activist and founder of the Colorado Crime Survivors Network. Evans will speak at Sixth Avenue’s 10 a.m. service at 3250 E. Sixth Ave. Afterwards, RAWtools will give a demonstration of turning a gun into a garden tool.

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GeneD
10 days ago

What difference will it make, with more than 400 million guns in circulation? One gun removed could mean one less victim of firearm violence, or one less suicide victim. It is, at least, a positive step that can mobilize people.

Bridget Darden
Bridget Darden
10 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

Save one life that may lead to a change in our world- be the change in the world-Gandhi

Jaime
Jaime
10 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

Most of the firearms don’t function to begin with.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
10 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

You’re right to be a bit skeptical.

But it only takes one gun and one bullet. And yes, that’s at least a positive step.

MegB
MegB
10 days ago

Great way to “fence” stolen weapons that aren’t worth what they could be sold for on the street…

FeelingsAreNotFacts
FeelingsAreNotFacts
10 days ago

Well here’s a purely performative exercise that will do absolutely nothing to solve the human gang violence problem in Aurora. But let’s keep calling it gun violence.

Jaime
Jaime
10 days ago

Buy back? You never owned it in the first place! I will require you take a background check!

Kenneth
5 days ago

Do they check for stolen guns? Or as said is it a fencing operation? There goes grandpa’s heirloom rifle worth many hundreds