Over 100 Guns Turned In To Police During Buy Back Event

44 were long guns and at least 2 were semi-automatic rifles

Joe DeStio
January 20, 2020 - 4:09 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - More than 100 guns were turned in to police on Monday during a gun buy back program at a church in Homewood on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Event organizers at the Church of the Holy Cross in Homewood did not expect the large amount of supporters that showed up at the event. 

148 guns in total were turned in throughout the event’s duration.

Among those guns, 44 were long guns and at least 2 were semi-automatic rifles.

Church of the Holy Cross offered up $100 per gun and ran out of funds within the first hour. 

More than 30 guns were still turned in for no money at all and more than $1500 was contributed. 

Reverend Guy Brown was one of the organizers of the event. He told KDKA Radio that the event shows the positive spirit of the community.

“I think people are tired,” Brown told KDKA Radio. “People are tired of being scared, people are tired of the violence. People are tired of us losing our tomorrows.”

The event was organized after two back-to-back shootings occured last November in close proximity to the Church of the Holy Cross.

A man who identified himself as Kenneth from Homewood told KDKA Radio he came to the event for the cash.

“I think it’s a great thing to get these guns off the streets and cut down on some of the madness out here,” Kenneth said. “I think it’s a great thing.”

Event organizers said they hope to host another buy back event as soon as this summer.

Ashley Funyak contributed to this article.

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