Second anonymous donation allows for third gun buyback event

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Thanks to a second anonymous donation, Phoenix police will be able to hold a gun buyback event for a third straight weekend.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced this week that another $100,000 has been donated to fund the purchase of grocery gift cards.

“Recently, I received a phone call from an individual who was motivated by the success of the Phoenix gun buyback program,” said Mayor Stanton. “He believed in what we were trying to accomplish, believed in the Phoenix Police Department, and frankly was a little bit frustrated that the legislature had passed a law that would ban these programs in the future.”

Hildy Saizow with Arizonans for Gun Safety said the donation will allow them to continue to meet the “strong public demand” for gift cards in exchange for guns.

“By taking so many guns out of so many households that no longer wanted them we will in fact save at least one life. We will in fact save one gun from getting into the hand of a dangerous individual,” said Saizow.

The first gun buyback event took place on May 4 and resulted in the collection of 803 firearms.

The second event, which took place last Saturday, was cut short after less than two hours because police ran out of gift cards.

Despite ending the event early, police were still able to collect 176 guns.

This weekend’s gun buyback will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at three different locations.

Those looking to turn in a firearm can visit Southminster Presbyterian in Mesa, Betania Presbyterian in Phoenix, or Sunnslope Mennonite Church in Phoenix.

City of Phoenix Gun Buyback program