An Indiana church is organizing a gun disposal effort in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year.
The Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church is teaming up with the Crawfordsville Police Department to collect guns, including semi-automatic rifles, and gun accessories like bump stocks, and will take them to be melted down for safe disposal at a steel plant, the Indy Star reported.
David Hadley, a member of the church who is organizing the effort with his wife, Sheridan Hadley, told the paper that the mass shooting in Florida, in addition to past mass shootings like Sandy Hook, motivated them to “make our children and our grandchildren and our community safer.”
“Seeing the kids running out of the school and away from the school was heartbreaking,” Hadley said. “If we can get two or three or five or 10 out of these things out of circulation here, that is a start.”
Donors will receive a $100 grocery store gift card in exchange for guns, and $25 in exchange for accessories, according to the Indy Star.
He added that the church conducted gun buyback programs in the early 2000s, and emphasized that the collection program was intended to provide an opportunity for gun enthusiasts “to get rid of something that maybe they’ve come to see in a different way” following the shootings.
“We know that there are gun enthusiasts and there are hunters and gun collectors in our community,” he told the Indy Star. “We hope that they will see this an opportunity to get rid of weapons that … have no useful purpose other than killing people.”