Winston-Salem's Gun Buyback: Long Lines, Short Money

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Saturday morning people wanting get rid of their weapons and get cash in return, attended the city of Winston-Salem's first gun-buyback event. If you buy it, they will come--and come they did.

The program started at 9:00 a.m. and was out of money by 10:30 a.m. with dozens still in line. Those who stayed in line were given vouchers that they can turn into the city next week to collect their money.

The event was at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. It started at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 1:00 p.m.

The buyback program was made possible thanks to a public private initiative.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree presented the idea to the city in January. City Council members and other city leaders were for the idea, but had to come up with the money for the program. City council designated $10,000 in police forfeiture funds for the program and went to the public for donations to get $10,000 in matching funds.

All contributions are fully tax-deductible within state and federal limitations.

Buy back payout:

  • Assault weapons: $150
  • Handguns: $100
  • Rifles/shotguns: $75
  • All Payments in cash
  • Pellet guns, BB guns and ammunition will also be accepted, but without compensation.

The next buy back is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m on April 12 at Waughtown Baptist Church. The church is located at: 838 Moravia St. in Winston-Salem.

For more information click on the City of Winston-Salem.


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