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Buy-Back Event Buys Hundreds of Guns

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:51:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 15 2014 07:54:48 PM CDT

The Coalition Against Gun Violence ran out of gift cards and scrambled for cash during a gun buy-back event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The Coalition Against Gun Violence ran out of gift cards and scrambled for cash during a gun buy-back event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

Nearly 240 guns were turned in.  In return the gun owners received $100 or $200 gift cards or cash. Gun locks were also given out to gun owners who didn't want to part with their weapons.

Police said they will make sure the guns were not stolen before they are sent to Los Angeles to be destroyed. 

One new dad said he wanted to get rid of his rifle because he didn't want it in the house with his baby girl.

The buyback event was planned months before the Isla Vista murders last month.

Three UCSB students were gunned down, three others were stabbed to death.

Organizers of the event said they know it won't solve all the problems involving guns but they think it will make a difference in this community.

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