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Tucson, Arizona - Jan. 8
1. MS of police behind table at gun buy-back
2. SOUNDBITE: Sgt. Chris Widmer/Tucson Police Dept.
"it started just before 9 o'clock, and it's going to continue just before noon. Up to this time, we have collected about 151 guns.
3. TS of collected handguns (no audio)
4. MS of collected handguns (no audio)
5. WS of police at table
6. SOUNDBITE: Sgt. Chris Widmer/Tucson Police Dept.
"when the gun goes through, it goes to the truck behind you, and it's going to be destroyed later today. If the gun is found to have anything unlawful with it, stolen or what not, then we hold on to it and go through the normal process for any gun that has evidentiary value.
7. MS three men standing, one with Cash for Guns sign
8. WS Car driving into gun buy-back
9. WS of people at gun buy-back, sign "cash for guns"
10. Pan right of people at gun buy-back
Two politicians on opposite ends of the gun debate held dueling weapons buy-backs outside a police station in Tucson, Arizona, where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a mass shooting just over a year ago.
Similar buy-backs have been held around the country since the shooting at a Connecticut school that revived the gun control debate.
City Councilman Steve Kozachik asked people to turn in their guns for a $50 gift certificate from Safeway _ the grocery store chain that owned the supermarket that was the site of the shooting. He wants to get guns out of people's home and bring pressure on politicians to change gun laws.
In response to the event, a Republican outgoing state senator gathered outside the same station and offered cash for guns. Several people waved signs and held up money to approaching drivers to announce that they will buy their guns.
Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, wrote in an op-ed published in USA Today that their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative would help raise money to support greater gun control efforts.
The move was hinted at in Kelly's recent comments that he and Giffords want to become a prominent voice for gun control efforts.
The couple last week visited Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire in an elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults in December. They also met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who has spent some of his fortune in recent years on gun control efforts.
At the gun events in Tucson, Kozachik said that as the shooting fades from the public's mind, issues like controlling the sale of large-capacity magazines and keeping guns from the mentally ill need attention.
Frank Antenori organized his own event, offering cash for guns and noting that a $50 gift certificate is way too low of a price for valuable weapons.
Antenori and Kozachik accused each other of acting out of political motivations.