Mayor Greg Stanton and other city officials held a news conference Tuesday to share details of the effort, which Stanton announced in his State of the City address February.
“Gun buybacks are a very positive thing in the community,” Stanton said. “They allow for unwanted weapons to get off the street, and that’s a positive thing for our Phoenix Police Department.”
The buyback events, offering gift cards to grocery and electronic stores, will take place the first three Saturdays in May in church parking lots in the South Mountain, Maryvale and Sunnyslope areas. Those turning in weapons will remain anonymous.