PHOENIXVILLE — The borough’s police force along with Mayor Leo Scoda are hosting a gun buyback program.
The Phoenixville Area Gun Turn-In Program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Borough Hall Nov. 10.
Those that turn in a gun will receive a $50 gift card, likely to an area grocery store, according to Scoda at a recent borough council meeting.
“When there are break-ins of houses, I guarantee you one of the first things that is taken is a gun,” Scoda said Oct. 9.
The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation as well as the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County Inc. also helped organize the buyback.
Through the gun turn-in, the event’s organizers hope to create more of “a safe community.”
To receive the gift card, guns must be turned in unloaded, in a clear plastic bag and put into another bag such as a gym bag or backpack.
If also turning in ammunition, that must be in a separate bag from the gun.
When transporting the firearms, they must also be placed in the trunk.
Scoda said turning in the firearms also makes for greater safety within a person’s home.
“People say, ‘I’ve got them hidden,’” Scoda said. “Yeah, right. The kids find the Christmas presents you have hidden, too.”
For more information, those interested can call 610-933-8801 or 610-933-1180.
More information can also be found on the borough website, www.phoenixville.org.
This story was originally published on www.pottsmerc.com.