All of the $20,000 donated for a gun buyback program held Thursday by the Detroit Police Department was spent and thousands more were committed in vouchers to cover the more than 800 guns turned in, police said.

Sgt. Eren Stephens said the no questions asked program at Second Ebenezer Church on Dequindre exhausted the $20,000 donated by the event’s cosponsor, Continental Management.

Of the 478 people who turned in guns, about 200 received vouchers for cash, which the department expects to cover through donations from other businesses and organizations, Stephens said. She said she couldn’t say how much the vouchers totaled, but said they added up to thousands of dollars.

Many residents brought guns that they had kept in their homes, but some no longer had use for or just wanted disposed. Interim Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said every gun turned in will be destroyed and is one less gun that could potentially be stolen if there is a home invasion.

“We know that there are too many firearms that end up in the wrong hands,” Godbee said.

People who turned in a non-operational gun got up to $25, an operational gun fetched $50 and two or more operational weapons fetched $100. Guns turned in ranged from a variety of handguns, rifles and shotguns to a Civil War-era revolver.

Source: Gina Damron for the Detroit Free Press.

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