Gun Buy Back Held By County

The County received 31 guns in Espanola including a sniper rifle, three semi-automatics and a black powder gun at high risk of misfiring and causing an injury. Courtesy photos

Gun Buy Back Held By County

Staff Report
The Rio Arriba Community Health Council held the “Swords Into Plowshares”, an event designed to make Española safer for public and police alike, on 
Saturday, December 10, in partnership with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office. Members of the public brought us 31 weapons including 5 semi-automatics, 1 sniper rifle, 1 black powder gun prone to misfiring, and 1 stolen rifle.  The stolen rifle was returned to its owner. All non-antique weapons will be melted and turned into garden tools. New Mexicans to prevent gun violence held another event in Santa Fe, which netted an additional 80 weapons.

The volunteers photographed with the saw were destroying weapons, separating wood from metal to provide the raw materials for garden tools.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan with a boxed gun. The boxed gun was found to be a stolen weapon he recovered and will return to its owner. Courtesy photos