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PHOENIX -- Phoenix is planning two more gun buyback events, and Mayor Greg Stanton is encouraging more people to bring in unwanted guns and to donate to keep the program going.

The first buyback events put together last Saturday by Phoenix police, the mayor and Arizonans for Gun Safety brought in more than 800 guns. The guns were collected at three area churches.

Stanton announced the final count Wednesday: 442 handguns, 162 shotguns, 198 rifles and one assault rifle. He says he was surprised with the turnout.

This Saturday's buyback will be held at the Betania Presbyterian Church.

Residents will be able to receive gift cards for groceries in exchange for their unwanted weapon. The amount of the gift card varies depending on the type of weapon turned in.

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