Prince George's County police department collected about 160 guns Saturday during its third “Gift Cards for Guns” event, more than the last such event in September, officials said.
The shootings in a Connecticut elementary school on Friday in Newbury, Conn., that claimed the lives of at least 26 people, including 20 children, was “certainly a factor in the turnout” of the event at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Laurel, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman.
Weapons were collected in exchange for a gift card valued at up to $100. People could turn the weapons in anonymously with no questions asked.
The previous event in September in Oxon Hill attracted about 100 guns, while the department's first one in June in Landover took in about 200 weapons.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Prince George's County Youth Strategies Division help with the program.