Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that people will be able to turn in firearms -- no questions asked -- in exchange for up to $200 in Ralphs grocery cards at three Los Angeles locations on Saturday, December 14.
"The goal is to take these guns off the street and make sure they don't fall into the hands of criminals or children," Mayor Garcetti said.
An initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, the gun buyback program -- which has taken more than 11,000 guns off the street -- also involves LAPD and victim advocacy organizations, faith-based groups, and other community organizations.
The amount exchanged per firearm will depend on its type -- up to $200 for assault weapons as specified in the State of California and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit will be on site to determine the types of firearms surrendered.
This year, for the first time, a statewide buyback is taking place. Other cities holding buybacks on December 14th include Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco.