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Sonora Launches Buyback Scheme

News (Mexico)

19 June 2013

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The Department of Public Safety began their 2013 Gun Buyback Campaign on Monday in four Sonora municipalities. Food vouchers were offered in exchange for guns. Public Safety chief Sergio Encinas Meléndrez said that the campaign will remove guns from Sonora homes and avoid fatal accidents.

During the 2012 buyback, the state government offered a maximum of 1000 pesos ($78) per gun and collected a total of 1,247 firearms. This year, the amount increases to 2,500 pesos for working weapons and 1000 pesos for non-working ones. Encinas Meléndrez hopes this will encourage citizens to hand over military-issue weapons such as R-15s and AK-47s…

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