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Larger-Than-Expected Response To Gun Buyback Program Leaves Church Asking For Donations

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Homewood is asking for donations to keep their gun buyback program up and running today due to such a large response.

The church planned to hold the event through 3 p.m., but less than an hour in and the money ran out.

The gun buyback is in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and spreading his message of non-violence.

The church was offering up to $100 per firearm, thanks to funding from various local organizations like the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

However, organizers tell KDKA that they've already gone through $5,000.

They say they did not expect such a large response.

"We're obviously going to have to do this again, but we plan this gun buyback assuming that we would get a certain amount of guns and we've overextended that plan," said Rev. Torrey Johnson.

The event was organized following a double fatal shooting near the church back in November. A man and woman were shot and killed.

According to police, after all the weapons are collected, officers have to log, trace, find out if any were reported stolen and attempt to return those stolen guns to their owners.

Then, police have to obtain a court order to destroy any guns that will not be returned.

The church collected 148 guns.

For more information about the gun buyback, visit this link.

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