TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Tampa Police Department had to shut down its gun buy-back event early Saturday due to “huge interest” from community members who sought to safely dispose of their unwanted firearms, a news release from the City of Tampa said.

Within four hours of launching the event, Tampa Police collected 1,000 guns between both locations.

“The level of interest clearly shows that there are still some people who want to safely get rid of the guns they no longer want,” Chief O’Connor said.

“It’s nice to see the number of people that are turning these guns in,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said.

She added it’s important for people not to have weapons sitting around.

“There are guns that could be potentially stolen in residential burglaries, stolen in auto burglaries and then used in crimes out in our streets.”

O’Connor said his department would hold another event “in the very near future.”

Details of the next gun buy-back will be provided as soon as they are finalized.

The buy-back was sponsored by a $100,000 donation from anonymous community members.

The last gun buyback was in 2015 and police collected about 500 guns then.