Police: 300 weapons recovered at gun exchange in Prince George’s

During a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., more than 300 firearms were turned in, examined, and carted up for shipment to be destroyed. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
During a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., more than 300 firearms were turned in, examined, and carted up for shipment to be destroyed. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
This tub of shotgun shells and other ammunition — including high capacity magazines — were turned in during a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
This tub of shotgun shells and other ammunition — including high capacity magazines — were turned in during a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, most shotguns and rifles were exchanged for $50 gift cards during a gun buy back event, the ninth of its kind coordinated between Prince George’s County police and the faith community. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, most shotguns and rifles were exchanged for $50 gift cards during a gun buy back event, the ninth of its kind coordinated between Prince George’s County police and the faith community. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
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During a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., more than 300 firearms were turned in, examined, and carted up for shipment to be destroyed. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
This tub of shotgun shells and other ammunition — including high capacity magazines — were turned in during a gun buy back event in Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, most shotguns and rifles were exchanged for $50 gift cards during a gun buy back event, the ninth of its kind coordinated between Prince George’s County police and the faith community. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — On Saturday, Prince George’s County police partnered with First Baptist Church of Glenarden, in Upper Marlboro, and its sister church Zion, in Landover, to remove guns from the community.

“We’re tired of hearing the tragedies of both violence and accidents and kids getting guns and shooting other kids,” says Pastor John Jenkins.

The churches raised more than $30,000 to provide gift cards used to exchange handguns, rifles and

Dave Carlin, of Uncommon Arms, Kensington, Md., staked out the parking lot entrance of First Baptist Church of Glenarden to try to buy people’s firearms before they turned them in for destruction during a gun exchange event Saturday, Nov. 21, 2105. Carlin is a federally licensed gun dealer and collector. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)
Dave Carlin, of Uncommon Arms in Kensington, Md., staked out the parking lot entrance of First Baptist Church of Glenarden to try to buy people’s firearms before they turned them in for destruction. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

shotguns, which are slated for destruction. So many people showed up, the church was forced to restock its supply of gift cards.

Police say about 300 firearms were turned in. Most rifles and shotguns yielded a $50 gift card, handguns were exchanged for $100 gift cards and semiautomatic or any automatic weapons would be exchanged for $150 gift cards.

“Any one of these guns could fall into the hands of criminal,” says Prince George’s County police Maj. Robert Liberati.

The gun exchange — the ninth organized by police and the faith community in Prince George’s County — also attracted competition at the parking lot entrance.

A federally licensed gun dealer held up signs that said “More cash for guns” and “Wanted Shot Guns and Rifles.” Dave Carlin of Uncommon Arms in Kensington offered to pay $200 or more for some shotguns and rifles.

“The majority of the guns do belong inside to be destroyed,” Carlin says, “but we’re here mainly to find the really historic guns and try to save them from being destroyed.”

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