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  • Fatal shooting of Boston child leads to citywide gun buyback

    MSNBC - 02/10/2014

    Buyback programs sometimes only remove “crime guns,” firearms not likely to be used for violence, said Jack McDevitt, a criminal justice expert and associate dean at Northeastern University in Boston. But rewards that include tickets to a popular concert or sporting event, instead of gift cards to Walmart, can motivate young people, he added.

    “Anytime you get a gun off the street that could be used in a crime, that’s an important first step,” McDevitt told msnbc. “But you can make it even more effective by focusing on incentives that young people find valuable.”