Over 100 Guns Collected During 'Gift Cards for Guns' Event In Prince George's Co.

6:17 PM, Dec 15, 2012   |    comments
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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County held a gun buy back program on Saturday, coincidentally just 24 hours after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Prince George's County Police, The NAACP and Prince George's County Youth Strategies Division held 'Gift Cards for Guns' at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Laurel.

The school tragedy has brought gun control to the forefront of people's minds and moved some people to give up their guns Saturday.

Cindy Parker is turning in three rifles. Like most Americans she's heartbroken over the Newtown elementary school shooting.

"I'm going to do it today, get these out of my home, I didn't want them there. This morning it was heavy on my mind. My first thought was let me be one to get rid of guns that were in my home."

Major Ray Gordon, Prince George's Co Police "We're hoping individuals see the weapons they have in their home, that they really don't need and if they want to get rid of them and we give them an incentive to get rid of the weapons."

From the Major to the mayor, gun control is a topic of conversation.

Laurel Mayor Craig Moe, "I think we need sensible hand gun control. I'm not a hunter. I don't have a gun, but I'm a common sense person. We need to discuss it. Come to the table and come up with a good compromise."

Major Gordon, "As a major in Prince George's County we rather not have weapons in their homes and on the street. We don't want those incidents in our back yard."

Dozens of guns are now off the streets including rifles, shot guns, revolvers and semiautomatics.

160 guns were collected in exchange for a gift card of up to $100 per gun.

Major Ray Gordon, Prince George's Co." People need to look over their homes and what they have. Everyone wants to protect themselves and weapons make them feel safe but people use weapons in the spur of the moment in an argument and you can't take back in the heat of the moment. Once that bullet leaves there's no stopping it. We're hoping getting rid of the weapon will help overall. As far as what's going to happen with government and the laws, I don't know where that's going to go."

Parker, 'Especially with the tragedy, it's a sad situation something needs to be done about it."

Most of the guns will be melted and destroyed. This was the third such gun buy back in Prince George's County this year.

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