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Group asks residents to turn over 'community guns' in exchange for gift cards

'Please bring it in'
Posted: 12:11 PM, Aug 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-03 19:49:30-04
Cincinnati gun buyback programs CeaseFire and Street Rescue still going strong

CINCINNATI — A charity organization is doing its part to get unwanted firearms off the streets before they fall into the wrong hands.

Street Rescue’s mission is to help the community avoid tragedies such as accidental shootings and homicides.

That’s why it’s hosting its next Community Gun Turn-In event on Saturday to give residents an easy way to turn over firearms and ammunition — no questions asked.

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“With the spike in shootings in Cincinnati this summer, Street Rescue is returning to help provide a safe manner for Community guns to be taken off the streets,” said Street Rescue founder Charles Tassell. “If you know where a community gun is hidden, please bring it in.”

Cincinnati police have responded to more than 20 deadly shootings since May 30.

Anyone can drop off guns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Baptist Church located at 760 North Fred Shuttlesworth Circle in Avondale.

“Everyone is welcome to participate in this effort to reduce violence – it’s up to each of us to help out,” said Pastor Floyd Walker.

Street Rescue will be trading gift cards for community guns. It also encourages residents to donate to the cause by making a donation at any U.S. Bank location. A $50 donation helps get two community guns off the streets.