A man turned in his AK-47 to police in response to recent mass shootings in Texas.

Billy, who did not want to reveal his last name, said he has been thinking about doing so for some time now, according to Fox7.

Billy said that it was “hard to ignore” the news, particularly the shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Midland-Odessa, all of which happened in the past month in Billy’s home state. So, Billy decided it was time for him to make a change.

“I’m going to go in, let them know I’m surrendering my firearm and it’s an assault weapon,” Billy said.

A gun owner since he was 10 years old, Billy brought his AK-47 to a police station. An officer said that selling it to a gun shop might be another option, one that Billy quickly rejected.

“We need to get them off the streets. I need to get mine off the streets. I can only speak for myself and pray for everyone else,” said Billy.

“I’m trying to make a safer place for you and me and my grandbabies,” Billy said.

He hopes he’s the first of many to do so. Billy said, “I would encourage anyone that is in my position to do the same. It’s not easy. It takes a lot more thought and a lot more courage to do this than to buy it.”

Billy said every second he waits for Congress to act is one second closer to the next tragedy.

“I don’t need them to pass a law to let me know what’s right, necessarily, in a case like this that’s so plain. I mean, the time is now,” Billy said.

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