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Will local taxpayers be promoting the destruction of criminal evidence during the June 14 “anonymous” gun buyback in Santa Barbara?

What will prevent gang members from Los Angeles from gathering weapons used in violent crimes and delivering them to Santa Barbara? If law enforcement is trying to solve a murder, how can forensic investigators link a bullet to a gun that has been “anonymously” purchased and then destroyed?

Santa Barbara’s gun buyback may sound like a good idea, but do these programs actually work?

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