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Chicago Police Seize More than 4,000 Weapons

Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

May 11, 2010

CHICAGO — Chicago police have collected more than 4,000 weapons during a turn-in program that offered cash for guns. Police say they gathered 55 assault weapons, 660 replica weapons, more than 3,300 handguns — and two hand grenades.

Even Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis was shocked by what the department took in. He wondered why anyone would need hand grenades in Chicago.

The gun turn-in was held at 22 locations across the city on Saturday.

Police gave a prepaid credit card for each weapon that was turned in. They gave $100 for each assault weapon, $75 for guns and $10 for BB guns, air guns and replica guns.

Weis said he didn’t know how much would be given for the grenades.

Police say all guns will be destroyed.


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