Mayor Sylvester Turner said he believes this was one of the largest, “if not the largest” gun buybacks in US history.
HOUSTON—Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner calls Houston’s second gun buyback event a great success. In fact, he believes it was one of the largest, “if not the largest,” gun buyback event in US history.
The drive thru event took place in the Alief area at Westchase Park & Ride METRO. It started at 8am and ended around 2pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video originally aired on October 7th.
City officials said they collected more than 1,200 firearms. The breakdown includes:
- Revolver — 368
- Semi-Automatic Handguns — 279
- Shotguns — 243
- Rifles — 227
- Semi-Automatic Rifles — 91
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Daniel Martinez and Giselle Shapiro went to the city’s first event, which took place in July.
“After waiting two hours, we moved four to six car lengths and I figured it wasn’t worth it and went home,” Martinez said.
“It was too crowded, I couldn’t afford to wait as long as I expected when I saw the line,” Shapiro said.
Both showed up on Saturday to try again.
“I think this one is a lot more organized,” Martinez said.
Mayor Turner said the setup is one of the changes made after the initial overwhelming response
“We learned a lot from what happened the first time,” he said.
This time, the city would not accept privately made guns or ghost guns.
“We’re not trying to get people to privately manufacture guns for gun buyback,” Turner said ahead of the event.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg raised a red flag after the first gun buyback incident, saying the no questions asked policy could hamper criminal investigations if any of the surrendered guns were involved in crimes.
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Officials collected 845 guns during the first event and said they gave out nearly $100,000 in gift cards.
https://www.kvue.com/article/entertainment/events/houston-gun-buyback-collects-more-than-1000-firearms/285-3f056b13-b7bd-4270-a964-e24a6da705fb Houston collects 1,208 weapons during the 2nd Weapon Buyback Event