Gun-buy-back event ends quicker than expected after massive crowd shows up

Top Stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It was scheduled to last three hours. But a gun-buy-back event in New Orleans ended much earlier than expected when a bigger-than-expected crowd showed up.

New Orleans news outlets report that hundreds showed up for the event Saturday at a Baptist church. But many were turned away less than 30 minutes after its 11 a.m. start time.

A spokesman for Mayor LaToya Cantrell said “the scale of the turnout was in fact larger than anticipated.”

New Orleans residents were being offered $500 for their guns.

Money to pay for the buy-backs came from the Edward Wisner Donation, a charitable trust established in 1914, according to the city’s website.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local News

More Local

Trending Stories