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Published: Friday, 5/16/2003

Police to hold last buyback of handguns

The Toledo Police Department will hold its last anonymous handgun buyback tomorrow, after 294 handguns were turned in during the first two days of the program.

Operable handguns will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ottawa Park substation, 2145 North Cove Blvd. Fifty dollars will be paid for each handgun.

City officials hope to collect 500 handguns during the buyback. On May 3, 131 handguns were accepted, and on May 10, 163 firearms were turned in. Officials can buy back 206 handguns tomorrow with the remaining funds.

Money only will be given for operable handguns, such as revolvers and pistols. A maximum of two handguns will be accepted per person. Police ask that the weapons be unloaded. If possible, police will assist someone who must drop off a loaded handgun.

The department will accept shotguns, rifles, BB guns, starter pistols, pellet guns, and visibly inoperable firearms; however, no payment will be given for those weapons.

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