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Feedback at 5:00- Gun Buyback Program

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Los Angeles moved up the date of its annual gun buyback program in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.

L. A.'s mayor says it's a concrete way to make his city safer but critics say the guns turned in at these events aren't typically the ones used in crimes.

It's an anonymous, "no-questions-asked" policy. People who turn in handguns and rifles get $100 grocery cards. Automatic weapons are traded for $200.

Every gun is checked to see if it has been stolen. If they have, they are returned to their owners. Others are melted down for scrap metal.  

Since starting these events in 2009, police say the public has turned in more than 8,000 weapons.

For tonight's "Feedback at 5:00," do you think programs like this are effective?

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