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Worcester gun buyback nets nearly 200 firearms

December 19, 2010

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WORCESTER, Mass.—Officials say almost 200 firearms were collected during Worcester's annual "Goods for Guns" program, including a 9mm submachine gun and an AK-47.

Organizers say 69 handguns were turned in during the recent two-day event, along with 65 semi-automatic weapons and 59 rifles.

People receive Walmart gift certificates in return.

The program's intent is to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands and being used in violent acts. Donated guns usually are crushed for scrap metal.

This year, organizers are considering disabling the guns and incorporating them into an arch at a city park. They say it would reflect the Biblical message about beating "swords into plowshares," or turning to peaceful pursuits instead of violence.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com