[Ed. – Were none of the parishioners law-abiding gun owners, who maintained their weapons at home for self-protection?]
A church in Pittsburgh is overwhelmed after hosting a gun buyback program that ran out of money within an hour.
The Church of the Holy Cross ran the program in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence. Parishioners, other churches in the Episcopal diocese and civic organizations raised $5,100 for the gun buyback program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the church said.
The church gave people $50 or $100, depending on the type of firearm.
“In the first 45 minutes, we actually ran out of money,” the Holy Cross church senior warden Sylvia Wilson told CNN. “Some people were just bringing the guns in and they didn’t want the money. They just wanted to get the guns out of their homes.”
The church posted a sign on its door when it ran out of money, according to CNN affiliate WTAE.