Nearly a dozen guns have been taken off the streets of Austin in the gun surrender program

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department says it collected 11 guns this week as a result of its gun surrender program.

“This is an opportunity for citizens to give up unwanted firearms,” ​​said APD Sgt. William Beck.

It was the first weapons transfer program for APD after a two-year hiatus.

“We collect the weapons, ultimately we enter the weapon into our reporting system, it gets marked for destruction and then it will ultimately be destroyed,” said Sgt. Beck.

When asked if the program was successful, Sgt. Beck said: “Every little bit of it helps. If we can get a gun off the street that will eventually be used in a violent crime, absolutely!”

APD said it will conduct another gun surrender program, but not a gun buyback program.

“I think historically the statistics show that gun buyback programs don’t work,” said Sgt. Beck.

If you have a gun you want to surrender, APD said you can call 311 and an officer can retrieve the gun.

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