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North Charleston gun buyback a great success

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The North Charleston Police Department says they've collected 135 weapons off the streets Saturday during their annual buyback program in North Charleston.

The program is an opportunity for people to turn in weapons to police with no questions asked.

Authorities say 60 handguns and 32 long guns were collected at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and 32 handguns and 11 longs guns at St. Matthews Baptist Church.

Those who participated in the event were given gift cards in exchange for their weapons.

Authorities say the program was a great success.

Since 2008, nearly 500 weapons have been collected during the buyback event.

All weapons collected will be processed by the police department before they are destroyed.

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