5,500 guns turned in during Chicago event

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CHICAGO (AP) — More than 5,500 weapons were turned in during Chicago’s annual buy-back event at city churches.

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 5,500 weapons were turned in during Chicago’s annual buy-back event at city churches.

Those turning in a gun received a $100 gift card and no questions asked. Those who brought in replica or BB guns received $10 gift cards.

The event on Saturday was held at about two dozen churches.

Authorities have touted previous events as a good way to get deadly weapons off the streets.

In 2007, police collected more than 6,700 weapons.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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