We still don’t know why its called a “buy-back,” since the city doesn’t supply the guns in the first place, but the Asheville Police Department has announced the dates of the program cleared by a vote by City Council on Nov. 13.
The department will pay $50 for handguns and rifles and $100 for assault weapons.
According to an e-mail from the APD, “The program is aimed at reducing accidental injury, suicide, domestic violence and celebratory gunfire in the community.”
Here are the times to sell off those weapons:
Dec. 7, from 2-6 p.m.: Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver St.
Dec. 8, from 1-5 p.m.: Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St.
Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m.: Shiloh Recreation Center, 121 Shiloh Road.
Dec. 15, from 1-5 p.m.: Montford Community Center, 34 Pearson Drive.
Those hesitant to bring guns to public places (an understandable concern) can make arrangements to meet privately for the sale. Contact Officer Germaine Weaver at 259-5660 to do so.
All guns will be destroyed, according to the e-mail. (Sorry Daniel Boone, no black powder guns allowed.)
— Brian Postelle, staff writer