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Man Unloads 58 Guns at Gift Exchange

Man Unloads 58 Guns at Gift Exchange

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Associated Press

December 30, 2009

COMPTON, Calif.—Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies say they expected a good turnout for the department’s “gifts for guns” exchange in Compton, but even they were surprised when a man showed up with 58 guns.

After the man unloaded the weapons Tuesday, he drove away with several thousands of dollars in supermarket gift certificates in return.

Under the policy, there are no questions asked, so deputies don’t know the man’s identity, but as Lt. Anthony Lucia said, “that is 58 guns off the street.”

Lucia says most were small handguns, but some also were assault weapons.

In all, more than 230 guns were turned in Tuesday during the exchange. All will be destroyed.

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