A Phoenix man says he’s become the target of death threats after he posted photos of himself on social media voluntarily handing his guns over to police in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Jonathan Pring, a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K. who owns a coffee shop with his wife in downtown Phoenix, said he didn’t intend to thrust himself into the national gun control debate after he posted photos of himself surrendering his Walther Arms PK380 and Ruger 10/22 tactical rifle to the Phoenix Police Department, The Arizona Republic reported.
But Mr. Pring said he and his family were forced to leave town this week after comments on his Facebook photos turned “scary” and threatening, a local NBC affiliate reported.
Mr. Pring said he was motivated to surrender his firearms after Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 58 people.
“I would hate for that to happen to my family and it suddenly made me think how ridiculous this whole gun debate is in America,” he said.
Mr. Pring said he called Phoenix police and asked them to come and pick up his guns. He later posted photos on Facebook of the event, which have since been deleted.
“I think the easiest way to stop mass shootings from happening in America is to take guns away from civilians,” he told a local Fox affiliate.
“If I have a break-in at my house, I’ll hit him with a baseball bat,” he said. “I’m not afraid. I don’t need a gun to be a man.”
Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard confirmed Mr. Pring’s account of turning over his guns, The Arizona Republic reported.
“Phoenix police will accept guns that people no longer want,” Sgt. Howard said. “The guns will be tested and entered into [the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network], which will allow us to compare them with known crime guns. In accordance with state law, the guns are then sold.”
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