Home & Gun Safety Expo at the Bayshore Mall This Weekend

Poster gun EPEEureka Police press release:

The Eureka Police Department and our community partners wish to remind everyone we will be holding a two-day Home & Gun Safety Expo at the Bayshore Mall this weekend, March 18-19, 2017 as part of Project S.A.F.E. Eureka.  Stop by the mall from 10am-4pm on Saturday or 11am-4pm on Sunday. This event will emphasize effective products and means people can employ to better safeguard their homes and firearms while lowering their chances of becoming a victim. The focus will be on crime prevention, home safety, education, responsible gun ownership and the promotion of gun safes, residential security systems and products. Many products and services will be offered at discounted prices.

Stop by the event for your chance to win a free gift card or one of several raffle prizes. You can also pick up a Project S.A.F.E. Eureka coupon for discounted special-event pricing on select products and services at participating businesses, March 18-19, 2017.

Businesses and community partners who will have booths and displays at the expo include:

  • Eureka Police Department
  • Eureka Police Explorers Post 104
  • I like Eureka / Neighborhood Watch
  • Humboldt Bay Fire Department
  • Pacific Outfitters (1600 5th Street, Eureka & 737 G Street, Arcata)
  • Advanced Security (1336 4th Street, Eureka)
  • RMI Outdoors (1240 Broadway, Eureka)
  • Security Lock and Alarm (2116 4th Street, Eureka)
  • Brant Electric (520 South G Street, Arcata)
  • Shafer’s Ace Hardware (2760 E Street, Eureka; 2520 Harris Street, Eureka; 140 South Fortuna Boulevard, Fortuna; 39168 Highway 299, Willow Creek)

Additionally, Pierson Building Center (4100 Broadway, Eureka) is offering a store-wide 15% discount on all items (sale and certain net or low margin items excluded) at their store in conjunction with the two-day expo.  Present one of the Project S.A.F.E. Eureka coupons (available at the EPD booth) at Pierson’s charge counter for more details and your discount.

Bucksport Sporting Goods (3650 Broadway) is also offering $200.00 off on all gun safes over $1,500.00. Visit Bucksport on March 18-19th and present a Project S.A.F.E Eureka coupon for your discount.

Visit the other participating businesses or come see their booths at the mall on March 18-19th to learn more about their special-event pricing on select products and services.

As a separate event in conjunction with Project S.A.F.E. Eureka, the Eureka Police Department will also be holding a Gun Buy-Back program on March 24-25, 2017. Project S.A.F.E. is a collaborative effort to improve neighborhood and residential safety by reducing gun-related violence and the number of superfluous, unsecured firearms within the City of Eureka and the unincorporated areas of the county.

The Gun Buy Back Program will afford local residents the opportunity to voluntarily turn in firearms in exchange for pre-paid gift cards. The identity of all individuals will remain anonymous.  No I.D. will be required and no questions will be asked.

Firearms should be transported UNLOADED in the trunk of your car and if possible, store them inside a gun case or enclosed container or box.  No walk–ups and no ammunition. Do not bring the firearm with you into the Eureka Police Department’s lobby. The firearm will be removed from your vehicle by EPD personnel. On a case-by-case basis, an officer may be available to respond to meet you for the exchange at an alternate location within the City of Eureka.

Firearms must be functional in order to qualify for a gift card exchange. Firearms that do not qualify will be accepted under the Project S.A.F.E. Gun Buy-Back program but will not be eligible for a gift card exchange. An individual may surrender more than three weapons, but gift card reimbursement will only made for a maximum of three weapons. We reserve the right to limit or decline funds to an individual regardless of the number of weapons surrendered. $50.00 pre-paid gift cards will be exchanged for operable handguns, rifles and shotguns, and $100.00 gift cards will be exchanged for assault-type weapons (such as AR-15, SKS/AK-47 style semi-automatic rifles). Funds are limited.

Guns collected will later be checked for lost or stolen status and, if applicable, may be returned to their legal owners if the owners are not otherwise prohibited from possession of a firearm. All other firearms will be prepared for destruction.

The Gun Buy-Back Program will be held on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th at the Eureka Police Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (604 C Street, Eureka, CA).

Funding for this event is raised from private donations. EPD would like to extend a special thanks to Redwood Capital Bank and the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka for their generous donations to this program. Those community members who would also like to donate to this event may contact Suzie Owsley at (707) 441-4371 (sowsley@ci.eureka.ca.gov) or Captain Steve Watson at (707) 441-4084 (swatson@ci.eureka.ca.gov). Please note, Project S.A.F.E. Eureka and the Gun Buy-Back Program are not intended to be construed as anti-Second Amendment. Rather, EPD is promoting responsible, legal, safe and secure gun ownership in an endeavor to reduce-gun-related violence in our community.



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