HOUSTON - Houston officials celebrated a record turnout for the city's second gun buyback program Saturday, with more than 1,200 firearms collected.
Dozens of Houstonians lined up at the METRO Park & Ride on Harwin as part of the city's One Safe Houston initiative to reduce plan.
According to the event flyer, people can turn in their guns (no questions asked) and receive gift cards in exchange based on the type of firearm. For example, people can receive $50 for a non-functioning firearm, $100 shotgun or hunting rifle, $150 for a revolver or semi-automatic handgun, and $200 for a semi-automatic rifle.
That number increased for Saturday's event, where a total of 1,208 guns were collected. This includes 368 revolvers, 279 handguns, 243 shotguns, 227 rifles, and 91 semi-automatic rifles.
In a statement, Mayor Sylvester Turner argued it might be one of the largest number of guns collected in a day.
"We believe this the largest one-day gun buyback collection, if not the largest, in U.S. history," he said.