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May 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Seattle mayor’s omission: Buyback guns now rebar

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Tuesday that more that 700 guns collected in a buyback program would be made into plaques while knowing the guns had already been destroyed. (File photo)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Tuesday that more that 700 guns collected in a buyback program would be made into plaques, knowing that most of the guns had already been destroyed. (File photo)

by Gene Johnson
The Associated Press

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made a deliberate omission this week when he announced a plan to turn guns from a buyback program into plaques carrying messages of peace.

The vast majority of the more than 700 weapons turned in this year had already been melted down into rebar.

McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus says the mayor’s office learned before a news conference to announce the plan Tuesday that the guns already collected couldn’t be used. Nevertheless, the mayor left the impression that they would be, and a news release from his office explicitly stated that.

Asked why the mayor wasn’t more forthcoming, Pickus said the city was planning to do more gun buybacks in the future, and would use those guns for the peace plaques instead.

The mayor’s omission was first reported by KIRO-FM.

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