Santa Fe holds third gun buyback event

March 9, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe says a total of 232 guns were turned in Saturday as part of the city’s third gun buyback event.

Officials say they gave out $29,000 in gift [auth] cards to those who surrendered working firearms.

The first two gun buyback events netted 418 firearms and cost the city just under $50,000.

Police Chief Raymond Rael says he’s convinced the city will prevent a tragedy by removing guns from the street that might be used to hurt someone.

The city paid $100 for working rifles or shotguns, $150 for handguns and $200 for semi-automatic military-style weapons.

The city was criticized last month when it released the names of those residents who surrendered guns to police and were issued IOUs when the gift cards ran out. There were no IOUs issued Saturday.

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