Mayor Garcetti, Chief Beck Announce 950 Guns Taken Off the Street at Citywide Buyback

buyback.JPGLOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced today that 950 firearms were taken off the street during the city's Gun Buyback May 31st.

In total, 476 handguns, 273 rifles, 170 shotguns, and 31 assault weapons were collected at four locations citywide.

"The tragic shooting in Santa Barbara reminded us of the horrors of gun violence," said Mayor Garcetti. "The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to help make our city safer by taking these guns off the street so they don't fall into the hands of criminals or children."

An initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, the Gun Buyback program -- which has taken 12,918 guns off the street since its inception in 2009 -- also involves LAPD and victim advocacy organizations, faith-based groups, and other community organizations.

In exchange for surrendering weapons, participants in the Gun Buyback receive a Ralphs pre-paid card. The amount per firearm is dependent on its type, up to $200 for assault weapons as specified by the State of California, and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit determines the type and classification of the firearm surrendered.