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Hundreds of guns turned in during Phoenix buyback

PHOENIX Phoenix police estimate that several hundred guns have been turned in during Saturday's gun buyback events.

Sgt. Steve Martos says the estimate stands at more than 800. An official count won't be available until early next week.

Arizonans for Gun Safety, the police department and Mayor Greg Stanton collaborated to organize what officials called the largest "Groceries for Guns" exchange in the state's history.

Two more buyback events will be held on May 11th and May 18th.

The guns were collected at three Phoenix churches. In exchange for unwanted guns, people were given grocery store gift cards.

Those exchanging handguns, shotguns or rifles received $100 cards and assault weapons a $200 card.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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