More Than 150 Guns Collected In Police Gun Buyback Program

Friday's Connecticut school shooting weighed on the minds of those that gave their guns to police in Prince George's County.

Prince George's County Police and Laurel Police collected more than 150 guns Saturday during a buyback program in Laurel, The Washington Post reports.

Residents handed guns over to law enforcement officials in exchange for gift cards.

Though the program was planned before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, many of those that turned weapons over to police said they didn't want the firearms to fall into the wrong hands, according to the paper.

The massacre in Connecticut left 26 students and staff at the school dead, including 20 young children.

Two previous gun buyback events in Prince George's County have collected more than 300 guns, police said.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

Corey Somers December 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Now let's see if the bad guys will turn their guns in too. Maybe if we ask nicely and use our manners.
MarcusofMaryland December 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I Agree with those people for turning in their "Dirty Guns" for a giftcard. Its not like those guns were their only guns. With times being rough for a bunch of folks, why not get the gift card? If it were their only firearms and they didnt trust themselves enough to use proper safety methods to keep others from obtaining them, then yep give them up, because i wouldnt want a criminal breaking in their house, to get shot accidently . Now if your old and cant defend yourself, not even with a gun then i agree you should turn your guns in also because at that point prayer and police is all you have. Times are hard but not that hard where i would trade safety for what i would hope is liberty. All in all when its said and done, people will fear what they dont understand, and those with fear will try to project their fears on the masses. This would lead to more gun-gun control and or more people buying guns. Either way turning in your guns will not stop crime, it makes it easier for a crime to be put upon onesself.
Jake S December 19, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Lots of "bad guys" steal their guns from "good guys." Lots of "good guys" have depressed or emotionally unstable people in their household ... or will someday. Lots of "good guys" simply have a change of heart about having a lethal weapon in their home. I'm all for giving honest people who don't WANT their guns a way to safely get rid of them. And if you morally want to make *sure* that your weapon will never, ever be used to hurt someone, selling it to a dealer just doesn't cut it. A dealer will sell your gun to someone who may or may not be a responsible person; there's no way for you to know. Melting the gun down is the only way to fully discharge your moral responsibility for the weapon.
Jerry Kline January 27, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I have no strong feelings either way with respect to gun control issues. All I know is I have on old shotgun that was examined by an expert, and he told me not to ever fire it because it's damaged internally. I'd like to find a gun buy back event, just to get rid of it so no one gets hurt. So I think buy back events are good for that reason.


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