Free neighborhood event aims to get prescription drugs off streets, prevent accidental shootings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Usually when you hear the words guns and drugs, it’s a part of a crime story, but on Thursday morning there will be an event focused on those two things meant to prevent crime.

COMBAT,  the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax, is paying for the event, and the goal of the day is to get prescription drugs off the streets and give gun owners locks to prevent accidental shootings.

There will be an incinerator on site called the Drug Terminator, which will destroy old prescription drugs with a clean, smoke-free burn.

If you are a gun owner, you can get a free gun lock for your weapon, and officers will be on hand to show you how to use it.

According to the CDC, there are around 14,000 accidental shootings every year, many of which could be prevented if people used a gun lock.

The K-9 and Bomb and Arson Unit will also be on hand, along with Kansas City prosecutor, sheriff and police officials.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon at 45th and Kensington. It is free to the public.

There will also be dumpsters, so you can bring bulky items such as old television sets, mattresses, furniture or appliances and dump then here – rather than in a nearby field.