‘Groceries Not Guns’ event in Roanoke set for Aug. 21

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — ‘Groceries Not Guns’ is Roanoke’s latest effort to get guns off the streets of the Star City. People can attend the event and exchange firearms for grocery gift cards.

The Roanoke City Police and the NAACP are working together in hopes of reducing gun violence in Roanoke.

“Be thankful, because it changes your life forever. So, what we like to do as part of FED UP is to always be a part of activities and organizations like this. Because if we can get those guns off the street, one more life could be saved. Reach one, teach one. Let’s save some lives on August 21st,” said Rita Joyce who lost her son to gun violence in 2004.

Anyone exchanging a semi-automatic handgun will receive $250 in gift cards. Gift card amounts of $150 will be given in exchange for shotguns, rifles, or revolvers.

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