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Cedar Rapids authorities call gun buyback a success

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids police department is now holding onto 72 guns after their gun buyback Saturday.

The event, "Cedar Rapids Taking Aim at Guns" (CR TAG), began Saturday at 10 am with cars already lined up in the parking lot to turn in their unwanted firearms.

Chief Wayne Jerman says the program was a success, as their goal was to get guns out of the homes of citizens who no longer wanted them.

The department offered $100 HyVee gift cards in exchange for the guns.

Although they ran out of gift cards to give to participants, many still turned in their guns.

This is the first gun buyback the department has done in 20 years.

37 long guns, 32 hand guns, and 3 sawed off shot guns were collected.

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