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Concord Monitor – Unwanted weapons were turned into gardening tools on Saturday

On July 18, 2022, several guns are on display at a store in Auburn, Maine.

On July 18, 2022, several guns are on display at a store in Auburn, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty/AP file photo

Unwanted firearms will be turned into scrap metal, works of art or even gardening tools during the second annual “Guns to Gardens” event at Concord Wesley United Methodist Church.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 1pm at the church at 79 Clinton St. Any type of unloaded firearm is acceptable.

“This is a great opportunity for Granite Staters who want to remove unwanted firearms from their homes without putting them back on the market,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, director of GunSense NH.

Last year’s NH Guns to Gardens program collected 31 unwanted firearms, including an AR-15, organizers say. They produced garden tools, wooden bowls and jewelry, some made by craftsmen from the NH League of Craftsmen.

To participate, interested community members must carry unloaded firearms in the back of their vehicle and remain in the vehicle. Weapons are removed from vehicles by a volunteer and delivered to the chop saw operator, who disables the firearm. The identity of those who hand over firearms can remain anonymous.

Under state law, police are not allowed to destroy surrendered or seized firearms, but must store, use or sell them on the open market.

For more information, search for NH Guns to Gardens.

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