An annual Gun Turn-In will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., at the Memorial Coliseum, North Benton Parking Lot.
Mayor Sam Adams, the Portland Police Bureau, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation are sponsors of the even, which has resulted in 7,564 guns being turned in since 1994.
For each workable gun, the donor will receive a $75 Fred Meyer gift certificate (limit of three Fred Meyer certificates per person, while supplies last). No questions asked. For each inoperable gun, BB gun, or pellet gun, you will receive a $5 gift certificate to Burgerville, while supplies last.
Ceasefire offers the following reasons to turn in a firearm:
Young, lively, curious children are at your home and can come in contact with a gun; someone in your family or a friend or neighbor is suffering from depression and the gun poses a risk of injury or suicide; the firearm cannot be properly stored; the gun was left by an earlier occupant of the house; you can’t guarantee that someone else won’t get the gun; you want to do something to reduce the number of gun accidents and homicides; you understand that a gun in the home is much more likely to kill or injure a family member or friend that it is to protect you; and you would rather have a gift certificate than the gun.