Gun owners looking for some extra pocket money this holiday season will have the chance to get a little more cash in exchange for a firearm.
The City of Irmo, along with the Lexington and Richland Sheriff’s Departments, are hosting a gun buyback campaign on Dec. 10. christmas shopping season.
Local officials hope that the event, combined with the holiday season, will reduce the number of guns that could potentially be used in community crimes.
“You can raise Christmas money for a gun,” Irmo Mayor Barry Walker said. “No one is going to check your tags or do an SLED check or anything like that. You just drive your car, we give you a gift card and you drive on.”
The redemption will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 10 in the parking lot of Universal Outreach Church of God in Christ, 220 N. Royal Tower Drive. Walk-ups are not accepted; anyone bringing a weapon must remain in a vehicle.
Only complete firearms, or at most a gun with a small part missing, will be accepted, not individual firearm parts. A limit of five guns per car is accepted.
Walker said the trigger for the buyback was the arrest of a student in Lower Richland who was arrested after bringing his grandfather’s unsecured handgun to school.
“If that gun had been turned in, that kid wouldn’t have gotten in trouble,” Walker said. “We’re not trying to take your guns. If you’re a gun owner and responsible, keep it.”