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Gun Buyback Held on Anniversary of Ariz. Rampage

TUCSON, Ariz. -- About 200 guns were turned over in exchange for grocery store gift cards at this morning's gun buyback event.

The effort, led by Councilman Steve Kozachik, began at 9 a.m. this morning at the Tucson Police Department's Patrick K. Hardesty Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way.

Two hundred Safeway gift cards worth $50 each were given away at the event which began winding down about 11:40 a.m.

Former state senator Frank Antenori led a counter effort, offering residents cash for their weapons.

Antenori estimated about 30 guns were purchased by his supporters at the event.

The majority of the guns brought were shotguns and rifles and a couple of pistols.

TPD ran the serial numbers of the weapons to make sure they were not stolen or used in any crimes. A different person checked guns purchased through Antenori's effort.

The guns exchanged for the gift cards, that haven't been used in crimes, will be destroyed at 2:30 p.m.

Copyright 2013 - The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

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