A spokesman for the county sheriff's office of South Carolina said that the administration's cupid-cry was to coax residents to trade their guns in for roses on Valentine's Day. The weapon-collection on that day hit a whopping 191 handguns and rifles!
The sheriff's office gave out roses and a gift card for a rifle or roses and two gift cards for a handgun, he said.
"We recovered 191 weapons and issued 328, 50 dollars Best Buy gift cards," said Lieutenant Chris Cowan, a sheriff's spokesman.
"We recovered handguns, rifles and shotguns. We had a mix of people from young and old, males and females, to all races come to the event. We had people waiting in line before we even started," he said.
"We had some brand new guns and some were old, but every single one was still functional and they will all be ballistically tested by our forensic analysts," he said.
No amnesties were offered, and people turning in weapons had to give their names, he said, calling the Saturday swap a "good event" that raised awareness about gun violence.