200 guns traded at Tucson buyback, 30 more sold in counter effort

2013-01-08T09:01:00Z 2013-09-16T13:43:52Z 200 guns traded at Tucson buyback, 30 more sold in counter effortDarren DaRonco and Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

About 200 guns were turned over in exchange for grocery store gift cards at this morning’s gun buyback event.

The effort, led by Councilman Steve Kozachik, began at 9 a.m. this morning at the Tucson Police Department’s Patrick K. Hardesty Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way.

Two hundred Safeway gift cards worth $50 each were given away at the event.

Former state senator Frank Antenori led a counter effort, offering residents cash for their weapons.

Antenori estimated about 30 guns were purchased by his supporters at the event.

The majority of the guns brought were shotguns and rifles and a couple of pistols.

TPD ran the serial numbers of the weapons to make sure they were not stolen or used in any crimes. A different person checked guns purchased through Antenori’s effort.

The guns exchanged for the gift cards, that haven’t been used in crimes, have already been destroyed.

The collected firearms were destroyed Tuesday afternoon, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman. The guns were shredded by a private company, Hawke said.

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