City council members propose gun buyback in effort to reduce gun violence

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SAN ANTONIO – Two San Antonio City Council members are expected to announce a joint proposal for a citywide gun buyback program. 

District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and District 9 Councilman John Courage will formally announce their plan to submit a council consideration request for the buyback program at the San Antonio Police Department on Tuesday morning.

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The idea came after  two mass shootings unfolded in less than 24 hours -- one in El Paso, the other in Dayton, Ohio. A news release cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which pegged Texas as the leader in firearm-related deaths with 3,513 in 2017.

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"The buyback program’s goal is to reduce gun violence by reducing the number of firearms in circulation and preventable, accidental deaths," according to a news release.

The press conference will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.