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City of Columbus, police offer gift cards in exchange for guns during buyback event

Police said they will accept semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles on Saturday as part of a gun buyback.
Credit: AP Photo/Philip Kamrass, File
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, handguns are displayed on a vendor's table at an annual gun show in Albany, N.Y.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police is offering gift cards in exchange for guns this weekend.  

In a tweet, Columbus police said they will accept semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles on Saturday as part of a gun buyback. 

In return, gift cards will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. 

The buyback falls on Community Safety Day and is made possible due to the city’s Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team (RREACT), which was created to fight the ongoing opiate crisis. 

In the past RREACT has partnered with other agencies to organize pop-up Narcan training sites across the city. Saturday’s event is the latest effort to ensure the safety of Columbus residents.

As part of the Community Safety Day, people can also give back unused prescription drugs, pick up free naloxone, and get their COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

In addition, families can also drive through a free haunted produce market and receive bike helmets, first aid kits and more.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbus Fire Training Academy, located at 3639 Parsons Avenue. 

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