INDIANAPOLIS — Indy residents can surrender their firearms in exchange for gas cards at an upcoming event organized by the Marion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition.  

“The coalition is concerned about the high level of gun violence and the harm that is being done through suicide, unintentional shootings and other gun violence,” reads a news release from the organization. “A difficult moment can turn into a tragedy simply because a gun is nearby.” 

The event’s purpose is to allow people to dispose of unwanted firearms without returning them to the marketplace, where they could be used for future harm, according to the news release.  

The gun exchange event was from 1-4 p.m. May 25 at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at 3801 Forest Manor Ave. on the city’s northeast side.  

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