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The Crimestoppers hotline is paying off in Champaign County.  Tips led police to homes where they seized six guns, including a loaded Tec-9 semi-automatic handgun and a loaded Ruger Mini-14 rifle.  The Crimestoppers tips came in two weeks after police held a press conference on gun violence in the area.  Police says the tipsters helped take those guns off the streets and out of the hands of people who aren't authorized to have them.  Champaign Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn says most of the homeowners didn't even know the weapons were inside the homes.  They were brought in by their children or grandchildren. Police urge parents and caretakers to talk about gun safety with their children.  The tipsters could be in for a one thousand dollar reward if the information they provided leads to an arrest.  Crimestoppers can be reached at 217-373-8477.

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