King County gun-buyback event collects 716 weapons

February 5, 2013

By Staff

King County and partner agencies collected 716 firearms and distributed $68,000 in gift cards during a gun-buyback event Jan. 26.

The operation, held in near Seattle Police Department headquarters, collected 348 pistols and 364 rifles — including three “street sweepers,” or shotguns with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding a dozen 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Though private buyers set up near the event site, officials said the public overwhelmingly chose to participate in the gun-buyback program.

Organizers distributed up to $100 in gift cards for rifles, handguns and shotguns, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

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