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More than 100 firearms returned at SLCPD’s gun buy-back event

Jun 13, 2022, 9:00 PM | Updated: Jun 14, 2022, 8:35 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Monday that 103 firearms, belonging to community members, were purchased by the department at Saturday’s gun buy-back event at the Public Safety Building.

Of the 103 firearms, there were 38 rifles, 28 revolvers, 24 pistols and 13 shotguns. Additionally, five of those weapons had been reported as stolen, according to Salt Lake City Police.

What happens after the gun buy-back

According to a news release, the weapons that were relinquished Saturday will be donated to the Salt Lake City’s Police Mutual Aid Association’s Museum. They may also be donated to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Crime Lab, or, destroyed.

“Today, there are 103 fewer firearms out in our community, which means 103 fewer guns that could end up in the hands of a person willing to inflict harm,” said Chief Mike Brown in a news release.

“We would be naive to think this will be the solution to gun crimes in our community. But the Salt Lake City Police Department is fully committed to doing everything we can to reduce the chance of a firearm being used illegally, lost, stolen, or abandoned.

Many of the people who turned in their firearms said they wanted to make sure their guns wouldn’t end up back on the streets and that’s why this gun-buy back was so important.”

As resources allow, officials from the Salt Lake City Police Department said they will hold another gun buy-back event in the future.

Police also say any community member interested in turning in their firearms, can do so by calling 801-799-3000. However, because the buy-back event is over no gift cards can be provided. Additionally, officers will need to file a police report to document the surrender of the firearm. 

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