No more “ghost guns” in Houston’s upcoming buyback event

“The guns turned in will never be stolen or used in the commission of a crime, suicide or an accidental shooting by a child,” Mayor Turner mentioned at a information convention.

HOUSTON — The City of Houston will quickly host one other gun buyback event subsequent month with just a few tweaks this time, Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned. 

It’s a part of town’s initiative to cease gun violence by getting as many weapons off the streets as potential. 

“The guns turned in will never be stolen or used in the commission of a crime, suicide or an accidental shooting by a child,” Turner mentioned at a information convention.

The event will probably be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to midday on the Metro Park & Ride at 11050 Harwin Drive in the Alief space. They’ll keep open later, if vital.

There will probably be just a few adjustments this time. 

  • No privately manufactured firearms, or “ghost guns,” will probably be accepted.
  • Gift playing cards as much as $200 will probably be given out
  • They’ll have mulitple traces to assist streamline the method. 
  • The 150 individuals who acquired vouchers on the first event will get precedence. 

“Any gun that comes in, it’s a win for the city and a win for the citizens in the Houston region,” Police Chief Troy Finner mentioned.

July buyback event

The first buyback program in July was an “overwhelming success” with 845 guns collected. Turner mentioned they gave out almost $100,000 in reward playing cards to the individuals who surrendered them. At one level, the road of automobiles stretched for 2 miles in order that they saved it open 5 hours longer than deliberate.

Even so, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg raised a red flag about accepting the weapons with no questions requested, so the mayor agreed to make at the very least one change subsequent time.

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In a July 28 letter obtained by KHOU 11, Ogg additionally mentioned the coverage provides “anonymity and immunity for everybody who turns in a weapon.“ 

Her office mentioned there may be a variety of unintended penalties, like chain-of-custody proof being destroyed.

“This is extremely important on a number of different legal issues and also to be able to solve crime,” First Assistant DA David Mitcham advised us in August. “Someone is turning in a gun that is related to a crime and then there’s no way of being able to follow up an investigation because identification wasn’t pursued whenever they turned the gun in.”

Turner mentioned the gun buyback program is one device the One Safe Houston initiative to assist deal with gun violence in Houston. He mentioned violent crime is down 10% and murders are down 3%. 

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“There are way too many guns on the streets that are killing people. In fact, gun violence is the leading cause of death for our children now in this country,” Turner mentioned. “Anything we might do to take these undesirable weapons off the road and preserve them from being in the palms of those that are with a prison mindset, it’s a plus.”

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo introduced Friday that the county will host as much as eight buyback occasions this year. 

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