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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A total of 95 rifles and shotguns were collected during the Safe Surrender program in Greensboro, an event allowing people the opportunity to drop off their firearms.

People all over Greensboro dropped their guns off anonymously at three churches in the community on Friday and Saturday. Rifles, shotguns and even an M-16 were collected.

Officials said that each gun will be tagged and processed for evidence. Officers said the purpose of the program was to keep the guns out of the wrong hands of criminals and children.

The idea for the voluntary “Safe Surrender” event was suggested by Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small following the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Safe Surrender is offered year-round through the police department, but the public events are an opportunity to keep the conversation about responsibility ongoing.

Area churches volunteered to host the event, where officers are collecting unloaded weapons and ammunition. Extra security and special officers are staffing the event.

St. Matthews United Methodist Church Pastor Arnetta Beverly said that for every gun that was turned in that means one less drive-by shooting, one less incident of domestic violence and one less funeral at a church.