Residents will be able to hand over firearms for a reward in a "no questions asked" gun buy-back program.
The event will be held at locations in Phoenix and Avondale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Avondale and Phoenix Police Departments are partnering with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, the Trauma Center at Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital and other community organizations to make the program possible.
According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review, at least two children a month on average die as a result of gun-related injuries.
The locations are:
Phoenix Maryvale: Adam Diaz Senior Center, 4100 W. Thomas Road.
Phoenix South Mountain: Progressive Church of God in Christ, 2108 E. Broadway Road
Phoenix Sunnyslope/North Mountain: Covenant of Grace Church, 906 W. Peoria
Avondale: First Southern Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central Ave., in Avondale
"Gun buy-backs are an effective tool in the prevention of gun violence in our community and lessens the opportunity for a gun to be stolen and used in another crime," said Det. Reuben Gonzales, spokesperson for the Avondale Police Department.
Weapons such as handguns, rifles or shotguns that are operational will be exchanged for a $50 gift card to a local retailer.
Avondale and Phoenix police officers will accept and inspect all weapons brought to the collection site.
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