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More than 8,000 weapons taken from criminals in Los Angeles County were melted down, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Thursday.

The weapons are taken to Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga every year and converted into steel reinforcing bar, according to Baca.

The steel rebar will be used in upgrades in freeways and bridges in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Source: Northridge-Chatsworth Patch

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