Following a successful fundraising effort by NMPGV this past summer, Dec. 10 will mark the second statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets. Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations. Watch RAWtools at work here: http://rawtools.org/swords-to-plows/.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in our state in 2015. This means that gun-related deaths in New Mexico increased 16.4 percent in the past year, marking the largest increase in gun deaths in decades.