WBNG News Jun 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM EDT

Getting guns out of homes and off the streets is the goal of an exchange program.

The Peace and Justice Committee at Johnson City’s St. James Church is part of the program.

Wegman’s is supporting the project by offering 150 dollar grocery cards for every gun turned in.

There’s a limit of 2 functional hand guns or automatic weapons per person, no questions asked.

Co-chairman Jack Gilroy says it’s an opportunity to prevent an injury or a death.

“We’ve had people killed locally right here in Johnson City. Sometimes guns are around the house and people don’t know what to do with them. So when they bring the gun in, we’ll have a gun expert check the gun out and then it will be disposed of.” said Gilroy.

The groceries for guns exchange will take place Saturday, June 27th.

Look for the tent outside St. James Rectory in Johnson City.

Shotguns and rifles will not be accepted.

The Mental Health Association and Broome County Gang Prevention are also sponsors.