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LA County destroys thousands of seized guns

July 20, 2018
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Over 3,000 guns arrive for the 25th annual Gun Melt at Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Stan Lim/The Orange County Register via AP)

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — More than 3,500 guns seized in Los Angeles County have been melted and converted into rebar for highway and bridge construction.

The county Sheriff’s Department held its 25th annual gun destruction event this week at the Gerdau steel mill in Rancho Cucamonga.

Handguns, rifles and automatic weapons collected in criminal investigations and probation seizures, as well as guns turned in by citizens were melted at 3,000 degrees in the mill, which recycles scrap metal.

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