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Buyback Guns To Be Melted Into Bricks, Placed Around Seattle

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(By: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(By: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(CBS Seattle/AP) — More than 700 guns collected during a buyback in January will be melted into bricks and printed with messages of peace then placed around Seattle.

Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to announce the plan Tuesday. City leaders announced the buyback program a month after last December’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Private sponsors including Amazon.com contributed tens of thousands of dollars so that people could anonymously turn in their weapons for shopping cards worth up to $200.

The charitable foundation of glass artist Dale Chihuly will help turn the guns into brick. The mayor plans to visit public schools around the city to hear from students about how gun violence affects them, and their messages of peace will be represented on the bricks.

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