NBA's 76ers Offer Tickets-for-Guns Program

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The Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association are offering free tickets to people who turn in a gun. The team's ownership says the offer will be a success if only one gun is turned in.

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The Philadelphia police and the 76ers basketball team have a special offer on this week and this week only. Anyone who turns in a gun to the police will receive two tickets to a 76ers game, no questions asked. Last year the police offered shopping vouchers and raked in almost 1,000 guns. They're hoping for something similar this year.

Philadelphia's homicide rate in 2005 was the highest in five years.

If we get one gun, it's a successful program, 76ers president Billy King told a press conference. Any gun that can kill people needs to be taken off the street, says Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson.

The tickets will be for upcoming the 6ers have against Denver, Toronto, Orlando and Atlanta. The seats will be on the upper levels, but if you're turning in a bazooka, can you get something courtside?

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