Seattle gun buyback takes place Saturday

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

On Saturday, anyone who turns in a gun to the Seattle Police Department near Cherry and James Streets will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. 

Guns classified as assault weapons are worth $200 (more details on the SPD blotter). Participants also may turn in unwanted ammunition and fireworks.

The buyback will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The program is part of the effort Seattle and King County leaders are making reduce gun violence. Seattle hasn't paid people for their guns since the 1990s.

Participants need not worry about being accused. Police said they won't take photos or record license plates.

No ballistics tests will be conducted on the weapons, but the department will check to see if the guns are stolen and return those to the owners. 

The program is funded by donations from Amazon of $30,000, the Seattle Police Foundation of $25,000, and local businesses including Pemco totaling more than $70,000.

Amazon is kicking in $30,000 to start the program announced Tuesday by Mayor Mike McGinn and other city leaders to reduce firearms in the community.

The guns become property of the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Police Department reports the guns will be used as rebar in local construction projects.

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