Buyback Nets Hundreds of Guns Hours After Fatal Oakland shootings

Hundreds of guns are set to be melted down following an Oakland gun buyback held hours after two more victims died in a shooting in the violence-plagued city.

The Saturday event organized by Democratic state Sen. Don Perata
had enough funding to take in 300 guns for $250 a piece but ran out
of money as people arrived to turn in trunkloads of assault weapons.

Oakland police issued vouchers for guns given up after the fund
was depleted.

Earlier in the day, two men were fatally shot outside a house in East Oakland, bringing the city's homicide total this year to 16.

Police say they have no motives or suspects in the killings of 34-year-old Juan Barnes of Hayward and 38-year-old Alphonso Lawson of Oakland.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune,
http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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