Cash dedicated to gun buy back runs out less than two hours after start

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Posted on May 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Updated Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Organizers of a gun buy back program said they ran out of money an hour and a half after it began on Saturday.

The New Orleans Police Department teamed up with the Greater New Orleans and Jefferson Gun Buy Back Committee to prevent crime and remove possibly illegal guns from the streets.

Around 10 a.m., over 100 people were in line to get a piece of the $10,000 offered for working guns. Officials gave $75 for hand guns and $200 for assault rifles - no questions asked.

The NOPD said 400 guns were collected and will eventually be destroyed.

Organizers insisted it's a way to curb crime in the Crescent City.

"Our children seem to be getting their hands on a lot of weapons in the city of New Orleans. If we can take these weapons off, this is one way - the gun buy back, said organizer Reverend Norwood Thompson Jr.

Those in line after money ran out were issued an IOU.

The program started at 9 a.m. at the Little Zion Baptist Church on Earhart Boulevard.

It is funded by community donations.

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