Phoenix PD holds largest Arizona gun buy back, may be the last time

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Police Department along with Arizonans for Gun Safety held the largest gun buyback in Arizona's history starting on Saturday, and it may be their last.

In an effort to take unwanted guns off the streets, Phoenix police exchanged unwanted guns for $100 to $200 gift cards. The police department destroys the unwanted guns in an effort to avoid having them out on the streets.

It's an effort the Phoenix police department may have to stop due to a new law passed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Last Monday Brewer passed a law stating all Arizona cities and counties that hold community gun buyback events will have to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them. It's left the Phoenix Police Department scrambling to properly dispose of the weapons they collect.

"Our officers will certainly be a bit busy trying to collect all the evidence that they can from these guns insuring that they are not stolen. Entering them into our system and ultimately destroying them within that 90 day period," said Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos

Phoenix Police are asking if anyone would like to exchange their gun to bring an unloaded firearm and place it in either a trunk, back seat or glove box.

The gun buy back will be held for the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Southminster Presbyterian
1923 East Broadway Road

Betenia Presbyterian
2811 North 39th Avenue

Sunnyslope Mennonite Church
9835 North Street

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