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Handguns largely among firearms Toledo police seize

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    From top left, a Hi-Point 9mm, Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber, a Smith & Wesson 9mm, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber and a Ruger 9mm at the Toledo Police Department, Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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    \Guns ready to be destroyed, in the property room at the Toledo Police Department, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

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    A Ruger 9mm at the Toledo Police Department, Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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A gunman with an assault-style rifle five years ago entered a school in Newtown, Conn., and opened fire on students.

It happened again during an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and classes in Parkland, Fla. A constant among the killings was the type of weapon.

Mass shootings often bring a wide debate on firearms and particular focus on the AR-15-style rifle. But in Toledo, as in many cities, police typically seize illegally possessed handguns at a much greater rate than rifles or shotguns.

The Blade reviewed a recent Toledo Police Department property room inventory list and found handguns make up roughly three out of four seized firearms. That count recorded 900 handguns, 206 rifles, and 128 shotguns in department possession.

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