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Gun swap comes to fiery end in Hills. Co.

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Guns collected in Operation Gun Swap Guns collected in Operation Gun Swap
Guns were taken to a steel mill to be destroyed Guns were taken to a steel mill to be destroyed
The guns were melted down in a 3,200-degree furnace The guns were melted down in a 3,200-degree furnace
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

"Operation Gun Swap" came to a fiery end in Hillsborough County today.

The Sheriff's Office collected 2,500 unwanted firearms in February.  "Operation Gun Swap" was so popular that officials ran out of cash to buy weapons, and had to give out vouchers to be redeemed for cash later.  On Friday, detectives loaded up the weapons and took them to a steel mill to be melted down. 

Rifles, shotguns, and handguns were incinerated in a 3,200-degree furnace. The packaging, transport and destruction of the unwanted firearms was supervised by a team of HCSO detectives.

Sheriff's officials say the melted metal that was once weapons will become rebar and coat hangers.

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