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Sammy Davis Jr's gun turned in during LA buy-back programme

Published 12/05/2016

Sammy Davis Jr was a member of the Rat Pack
Sammy Davis Jr was a member of the Rat Pack

A gun that was registered to Sammy Davis Jr was among 791 pistols that were turned in during a buy-back programme, police in Los Angeles said.

No details were available about who donated the entertainer's vintage gun because the programme is anonymous, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 1911 pistol typically costs more than 350 US dollars (£240).

The guns were turned in over the weekend for food gift cards.

They included 364 handguns, 144 shotguns, 237 rifles, 42 assault-style weapons and four weapons that did not fit any specific category.

Since its inception in 2009, the gun buy-back programme has collected more 15,000 weapons.

The famed singer and entertainer, a member of the Rat Pack that helped put Las Vegas on the map in the 1960s, died of throat cancer in 1990.

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