HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is calling Houston’s second gun buyback event a huge success. In fact, he believes this was one of the largest, “if not the largest,” gun buyback events in U.S. history.
The drive-thru event was held in the Alief area at the Westchase Park & Ride METRO. It started at 8 a.m. and ended at about 2 p.m.
City officials said they collected more than 1,200 firearms. The breakdown includes:
Revolvers — 368
Semi-automatic handguns — 279
Shotguns — 243
Rifles — 227
Semi-automatic rifles — 91
Mayor Turner indicated that due to the success of the first two Buybacks, he is planning on a third one, this time on the East side of the city. Details will be announced later, he said.