SETX gun buyback program collects over 1,200 guns

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The gun buyback program held in Houston on Saturday collected 1,208 guns.

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The gun buyback event held Saturday in Houston collected more than 1,200 guns, a turnout considered one of the largest gun buyback days in history. of the United States, according to the mayor of the city.

The “no questions asked” gun buy-back program is open to all citizens, with no identification required. Depending on the type of weapon, citizens surrendering firearms will receive a Visa gift card worth up to $200.

The first event in July brought together over 800 weapons and was considered a success; however, the second buyout held on Saturday nearly doubled the number of firearms collected.

“The city is investing $1 million in this program, and we’re partnering with Harris County District 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis to have the greatest impact and get unwanted and dangerous firearms off the streets,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in a press release. “It’s a tool we use to fight violent crime; there are too many guns on the streets. I encourage citizens to turn in their unwanted guns, which could help save lives and “to prevent crime. Only together can we fight our current crime challenges and make our streets safer.”

The total number of weapons collected on Saturday included 386 revolvers, 279 semi-automatic handguns, 243 shotguns, 227 rifles and 91 semi-automatic rifles.

“A returned firearm can help save a life by preventing a crime, accidental shooting or suicide,” Turner tweeted of the event.

Ryan H. Bowman