Phoenix Gun Buyback program moving to one location

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Following a very successful first weekend, the Phoenix Gun Buyback program has decided to move to one location for the final two buyback events.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced on Wednesday that the May 11 and May 18 events will take place at Betania Presbyterian Church, which is near Thomas Road and 39th Avenue.

The program, which is put on by Phoenix Police and Arizonans for Gun Safety, collected a total of 803 firearms on May 4.

Those who turned in a firearm were given a gift card for groceries.

“I was very surprised and pleased with our gun buyback’s success,” said Stanton. “I hope to continue that success as the program enters its final weekends. We have many tools that contribute to public safety in Phoenix, and the anonymous donation of $100,000 to take weapons off the streets was one of them.”

Officials say they will add another location to the gun buyback program if they receive more donations, which will allow them to buy more gift cards.

“We hope to continue the success of the buyback and offer more locations for its final weekend, and we can do that with the public’s help and donations,” said Hildy Saizow, president of Arizonans for Gun Safety. “Residents who would like to turn in unwanted weapons even without receiving a gift card may do so as well.”

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