There is no proof that gun buy-backs by police reduce crime, but Miami-Dade police did it anyway last Saturday, collecting more than 1,100 firearms. Some 500 gun locks were given away. At the last buy-back held by Miami-Dade four years ago, 774 firearms were collected, the Miami Herald reports. Organizers said they held the buy-back in response to the escalation of crime. Guns were exchanged, no questions asked, for a $75 retail gift card.
The guns will be tested to determine if they’ve been used in a crime and then melted into manhole covers. It takes an estimated 47 guns to make one manhole cover.