The department hosted a gun buy-back event Thursday at its headquarters on Church Street.
Authorities paid $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for handguns and $100 for assault weapons -- no questions asked.
Officials said there was a strong turn out Thursday. The department is now hoping to expand the program and offer another date this year.
"This us just another step that we can take engaging our citizens and making our community safer," said Rocky Mount Police Cpl. Michael Lewis. "I mean we're trying yo get these weapons out of the areas where they shouldn't be."