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8,000 melted weapons get a shot at a new life in construction

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

“These weapons that you see here will never again be used to commit a crime or used to threaten or intimidate an innocent victim,” said Sheriff Lee Baca.

Melted down at a local still mill, more than 8,000 weapons seized in Los Angeles County will get a shot a new life when they're turned into construction rebar rods.

The weapons, collected by 20 law enforcement agencies as part of "Project Isaiah," are taken every year to Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga where they undergo the transformation, said Sheriff Lee Baca.

Remodeled as rebar, the former weapons will be used in upgrades to freeways and bridges in California, Arizona and Nevada.