The reason: they ran out of money to buy more.
Minneapolis had been offering people Visa gift cards ranging from $25 to $300 depending on the gun, and they ran out.
The Star Tribune says the buyback collected more than 150 guns, though.
Now police will check the firearms to see if any have been reported stolen, FOX 9 previously reported. Any stolen weapons will be returned to the rightful owner.
Otherwise, the guns will be taken out of commission – and could wind up in an art exhibit focusing on the impact of firearms in the community.
Guns in the Hands of Artists
Pillsbury United Communities – a non-profit group – recently hosted a national exhibit called Guns in the Hands of Artists.
According to the website, artists – from painters and sculptors to poets and photographers – will create works of art with the decommissioned guns.
The point is to “express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.”
Police and officials leading the buyback say they hope it will make Minneapolis a safer place.
“This initiative is a great way to get guns out of our homes and off the street and bring attention and energy to this crisis,” Council Member Cam Gordon said in a statement.