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Swapping guns for cash in Mexico City

Mexico City uses new approach to combat violence a month after a 10-year-old boy was killed in a movie theatre.
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2012 07:19

Mexico City is offering cash and computers in exchange for guns to help combat violence.

This voluntary disarmament programme comes a month after a 10-year boy was killed by a stray bullet inside a movie theatre.

The exchange point is in Iztapalapa, a borough of the Mexican capital where youth crime is among the highest.

Civilian gun ownership is illegal under Mexican law unless the owner buys the weapon from a special government run shop.

The voluntary disarmament program has been met with mixed feelings.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports.

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