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Hundreds of guns turned in at Prince George's County gun buyback program

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Dozens of guns that could have fallen into the wrong hands are off the street Friday night in Prince George's County.

The Collective Empowerment Group organized a gun buyback program -- offering gifts cards for weapons.

This was a joint effort involving county leaders, church members and the Prince George's County Police Department.

Within the first hour, residents turned in more than 50 guns, and they just kept on coming.

Norman Wallace turned in a pistol and handguns so they wouldn't fall into the wrong hands at home.

"I've got them at home, and I have grandchildren, so I wanted them out of there," Wallace says.

Pastor Anthony Maclin of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square Church says as a minister, church leaders have an important role to play in getting the word out about gun violence because they deal with the damaging aftereffects all the time.

"I think we as pastors do deal with gun violence so often, the funerals, the shattered lives, the young people gunned down," says Maclin. "We have to do what we can to try to stop it.”

Under the watchful eye of Police Chief Mark Magaw, the guns continued to flow in.

A similar buyback a week ago netted more than a hundred guns.

The timing couldn't be better.

"We're going into the spring and summer, and if we don't get a handle of this now, there will be problems during the summer months," Maclin says.

Last year, gun buyback programs in Prince George's County took more than 450 guns off the street.

The donated weapons are burned so they are gone forever.

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