Pueblo pastors help to dispose of firearms

PUEBLO – Church pastors organized a small gun buyback in Pueblo in response to the elementary school shootings in Connecticut.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Sunday’s buyback netted only seven rifles, one handgun and 30 rounds of ammunition. But the pastors who organized the buyback said the event was meaningful and symbolic.

Pastor Kim James of Wesley United Methodist Church told the newspaper that the shootings in Newtown, Conn., have left parishioners grieving and wondering what they can do. She said the churches were trying to show a different response than flocking to gun stores to stock up on guns.

The Pueblo Police Department collected the weapons for disposal.