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Gun buyback nets 300 guns

| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

A weekend gun buyback program brought in at least 300 guns, some of them loaded.

Pittsburgh police Lt. Philip Dacey, who has worked in the Goods for Guns of Allegheny County program since its inception in 1994, said he took in five loaded weapons Saturday.

Participants who brought in a handgun received a $50 gift certificate to a supermarket; rifles or shotguns were worth $25 certificates.

While buyback programs may be criticized as not being effective because criminals do not turn in weapons, Dacey said buybacks help prevent accidental shootings and suicides.

About 10,000 guns have been collected since the buyback began.

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