200+ Weapons collected at gun buyback event

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix and Avondale police collected more than 200 weapons at a gun buyback event Saturday.

Dozens of people exchanged their unwanted handguns, rifles and shotguns for $50 gift cards good at various Phoenix stores.

Mindy Gonzales heard about the event Saturday morning and decided it was the perfect way to safely get rid of her rifle.

"It just doesn't belong in my house and to be honest with you my husband is in prison and he's going to be out and we're not allowed to have a firearm in the house," she said. "This was the safest way to get rid of it as opposed to putting in a dumpster and having somebody find it."

The event was designed to allow gun owners to turn in their weapons, no questions asked, and to educate people about gun safety.

According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review, an average of at least two Arizona children die each month as a result of gun-related injuries.