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02/22/2013 06:10 pm ET

Uruguay Program To Remove Illegal Firearms Gives Away Free Bikes And Computers

Anyone who turns on the news for all of five minutes is likely to hear another story about gun violence. While the debate between legislation and personal freedom wages on, America’s cities are doing what they can to remove illegal firearms from the streets with “Guns for Cash” initiatives.

Cities like Oakland, San Diego and Chicago have on occasion adopted the program as a way to safely collect illegal firearms, motivating owners to hand them over without fear of prosecution and with the added incentive of money. But far south of our borders, in the country of Uruguay, a new version of the buy-back model was recently launched.

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