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SUCCESS! We are pleased to announce that the Coalition Against Gun Violence in partnership with the Santa Barbara Police Department and the City of Santa Barbara, 6th Anonymous Gun Buyback on August 21, 2021, 8am - Noon, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, WAS A SUCCESS!
CAGV's August 21st Gun Buy Back successfully collected: "127 long guns, 106 handguns and 5 assault rifles, 158 cars. There will even be an article in a French newspaper. Thank you all for an outstanding job. We made our world a little better today." — Catherine Swysen, 2021 GBB Coordinator.
"Organizing and faultlessly carrying out this effort takes thoughtful dedication and teamwork. The removal of these weapons has helped the donors feel safer. Word of the buyback will be announced in the media and articles posted here on the website. This is gun violence prevention. Congratulations!" — Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair Emeritus.
As of 2021, we now have a total of 1407 firearms collected over the past 6-gun buybacks with major donations from organizations, individuals and from the City of Santa Barbara. Gun buybacks are an effective method to remove unwanted guns from our homes and the community. A firearm in the home is 22 times more likely to be used against a member of that family due to a suicide, homicide, or unintentional accident. A family’s circumstances change over time so they may decide for multiple reasons to remove a firearm from their home: to protect children, teenagers, or at-risk family members; elderly with dementia; individuals with mental illness; those at risk of suicide; abusive or volatile relationships, individuals and people involved in emotional conflicts or crises. Consider that one anonymous firearm turned in at our gun buyback could potentially save one life.
Gun Buyback events like these won't solve gun violence by themselves, but they ARE an important part in the collective effort to save lives.
DONATIONS FOR CAGV can be made online
SPEAK FOR SAFETY: The Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) A law that works to prevent or reduce gun violence. The Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is a law that allows family members, household members, and law enforcement to work with courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others. READ FULL ARTICLE: http://sbcoalition.org/speak-for-safety-gvro/