PORTLAND -- The FBI said guns sales across the country are on the rise with more than 10 million guns already sold this year. And while millions join the rush to buy a firearm, others are turning their weapons in.
Saturday in Portland, dozens of handguns, shotguns, even rifles were willingly handed over to police.
Sgt. Tim Sessions with the Portland Police Bureau said anyone who wanted to get rid of a weapon could, with no questions asked.
"So they don't tell us, 'hey this is my old gun. I just bought a new gun.' I don't know that answer,” he said.
There are lots of reasons people show up to turn in their guns. Duane Royer from Vancouver, Wash. got rid of two guns he inherited from his mother.
"I brought in a shotgun that came from my grandfather's farm down in Turner, Oregon,” Royer said. "I was a little unsure of how safe they were, and so I think this was the best option. Instead of putting them out there and seeing something else go wrong with them. I feel better doing it this."
Even though this is an anonymous event, police have not received any weapons used in criminal activity.
"We have never seen guns turned in where they've been used in crimes," Sessions said.
Most of the guns, like the one in Steven Winter’s home, have just been around the house.
"It's been in my gun safe for probably, oh 15 years," Winter said.
Once the guns are processed by police, they will be taken apart and then destroyed.
“They physically cut them up and then they take them to a foundry to be melted down," Sessions said.
Those who handed over their guns didn't leave empty-handed. They were offered gift cards in exchange for their weapons.
Those interested in turning over a weapon can contact Ceasefire Oregon and make arrangements to hand it in.