Crawfordsville church wants to buy back guns, melt them down

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Members of a Crawfordsville church are hoping community members will be willing to give up their assault style weapons.

Dave and Sheridan Hadley of Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church say on Saturday April 28, they will host a gun buyback event. They will hand out $100 grocery store gift cards for every gun and a $25 gift card for accessories such as bump stocks or large capacity magazines

"We’re just trying to reduce the number of these weapons in our community to make our children safer," David Hadley said.

The Hadleys say they were inspired to organize the buyback after the shooting that left 17 dead at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The couple says it's now their mission to help ensure the safety of children across their community.

"We couldn’t realistically expect to change public policy at the state or the national level from here in Crawfordsville, but we wanted to do something now," David said.

Whatever guns the Hadleys collect, they plan on destroying by having them melted at the Nucor steel plant.

"These particular kinds of weapons have destroyed lives, and it just made more sense that they be destroyed,” Sheridan Hadley said.

Wabash Avenue Presbyterian is now backing the buyback. The gift cards that will be handed out will be paid for with grant money the church received for community involvement.

"If one, or two, or five, or 10 of these things are taken out of circulation, that helps,” David Hadley said.

The buyback will be hosted at the Crawfordsville Police Department. The department is not affiliated with the buyback, but maintains it wanted to give organizers a "safe space" to conduct the transactions.