Rio Arriba County will host a gun buyback from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the
Rio Arriba County Sheriff Office, 1122 Industrial Park Road in Española.
Following a successful fundraising effort by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence this summer, Dec. 10 will mark the second statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets.
Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in New Mexico in 2015.
Merchant cards for gas, electronics and food will be distributed in exchange for unloaded, working firearms. All exchanges are anonymous, and SFCC welding instructors will dismantle guns onsite.