Local group takes action on gun violence with gun buyback event

HAMPTON ROADS, Virginia – The Hampton Roads Black Caucus is dedicated to helping the community. The group is hosting a gun buyback event on Saturday in Virginia Beach.

If you have a gun that you no longer use or want, HRBC will issue you a gift card – no questions asked.

“With the increase in gun-related incidents, especially among our youth,” Joel James, caucus spokesperson, told News 3 reporter Leondra Head.

Their mission is to educate young people about gun safety.

“Let’s go for a gun buyback, not so much to get guns back. We want illegal guns to be taken off the streets, but we want to be able to engage with young people, young adults who have guns. fire, ”James said.

On average, 1,015 people die each year from gun violence in Virginia, according to the state’s Public Safety Bureau.

One component of gun violence prevention is gun buybacks. Towns across Hampton Roads are using other methods to reduce crime.

“Anytime you can take a gun off the streets, it’s one less gun that can be used to endanger the public. A gun buyback with other means and other programs can succeed, “said Marvin Waters of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

Waters says other things are key to reducing gun violence.

“When community policing is effective, the community will let you know what’s going on in the community. Reintegration programs definitely work. It gives the incarcerated person a different outlook on life,” Waters said.

Governor Ralph Northam recently announced $ 27 million for gun prevention to address gun violence in Virginia.

“We have seen the increase in gun violence in Hampton Roads and the recent school shooting. We want to provide resources to local communities,” Secretary of State Brian Moran, Secretary of State for Public Security and Homeland Security.

Secretary Moran said the funding would establish the Gun Violence Response and Prevention Center.

“It has a lot to do with our young people to make sure they turn away from gun violence. Gun buybacks are a prime example of why we need this center,” Moran said. .

The funding announced by Governor Northam is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly at its next session and then signed by Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin.

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