A unique gun buyback event set for Richmond Civic Center this Saturday, Aug. 18, will benefit the Robby Poblete Foundation, which plans to melt the guns and re-purpose their metal as material for art.
Th event will take place in the parking lot of 450 Civic Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The firearms must be unloaded and kept in the trunk of your car. Richmond police officers will retrieve them from your trunk.
Up to $100 in gift cards will be offered for each rifle, shotgun and handgun, and up to $200 in VISA cards or gift cards will be given for each assault weapon as classified by the state of California.
The event is anonymous and no questions will be asked of those turning in their firearms, police said.
The Robby Poblete Foundation’s The Art of Peace program partners with local law enforcement agencies to use the guns for art that promotes peace.
Artist creations “will be displayed in an annual exhibit called The Art of Peace, and then used to beautify the downtown area and other parts of our communities.
The Foundation was founded after Robby Poblete, who was killed in 2014 by gun violence in Vallejo at just 23 years old. The foundation aims to reduce gun violence and offer vocational training for young adults.