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Gun Buyback Program - July 30, 2022

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Gun Buyback Flyer

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Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston in Partnership with Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One announces Gun Buyback.

In partnership with the Houston Police Department, officers will conduct a Gun Buy Back Operation in the parking lot of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Depending on the type of weapon, citizens turning in firearms will be rewarded with a gift card in the amounts from $50.00 to $200.00. All firearms will be retrieved with a no-question-asked policy by law enforcement. Funding for this program was provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Location: Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Ave, Houston, TX 77004

Gift card funding:

  • $50.00: Non-functioning firearm
  • $100.00: Rifle or Shotgun
  • $150.00: Handgun
  • $200.00: Fully Automatic rifle

Upon Arrival: Please stay in your vehicle at all times. All firearms must be stored inside the trunk of your vehicle. We will not facilitate in providing a gift card for those who do not follow directions.  Please see the video instructions below:

Gun Buyback Flyer

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What categorizes as a functioning or non-functioning firearm, rifle, shotgun, handgun and fully automatic rifle?
  • An unserviceable firearm is a firearm that is incapable of discharging a shot by the action of an explosive and is incapable of being readily restored to a firing condition.
  • A rifle is a gun, especially one fired from shoulder level, having a long spirally grooved barrel.
  • A shotgun is a long-barreled firearm designed to shoot a straight-walled cartridge known as a shotshell, which usually discharges numerous small pellet-like spherical sub-projectiles called shot, or sometimes a single solid projectile called a slug.
  • A fully automatic firearm an auto-loading firearm that continuously chambers and fires rounds when the trigger mechanism is actuated.
  • Does the firearm need to be functioning in order to participate?
  • No.
  • May I turn in more than one firearm?
  • Yes, you may turn in as many firearms as possible.
  • May I have someone else drop off my firearm(s)?
  • Yes, however the gift card(s) will be handed over to the resident who turned in the firearm.
  • How long is my VISA/Mastercard gift card activated for?
  • Each gift card will be active for 12 months.
  • What are the limits per person for the program?
  • None.
  • Will I need to show my ID?
  • No. No identification or Government ID will be needed or shown to participate.
  • Do I need to be a Houston resident to participate?
  •    No. No ID is required, so residency will not be checked.
  • Does my immigration status affect my ability to participate?
  • No
  • What happens to the firearms after they are collected?
  • All firearms will be checked to see if they are stolen or used in any crimes. They will then be destroyed.
  • Will I be able to participate by turning in my ammunition?
  • Yes, you will be able to participate in turning in your ammunition, however no monetary value will be given as the gift cards only apply to firearms.

For a breakdown of the gun buyback collection of firearms following the event click here (.pdf).  

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Policing Reform & Accountability at (832) 393-6772 or