LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today invited Angelenos to participate in gun buyback events set for Saturday and sponsored by his Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.
The Gun Buyback allows individuals to surrender weapons anonymously, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards — valued at $100 for handguns, shotguns, and rifles and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California. Gift cards will be given out only while supplies last, and all firearms brought to a buyback location must be unloaded and stored in a locked container or a vehicle trunk.
“Fewer guns means fewer chances for crimes and tragic accidents that devastate our families and communities,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We’re going to keep bringing down gun violence in Los Angeles, and a big part of that is working with responsible owners to get dangerous, unwanted firearms off the street and out of homes — so they can never fall into the hands of criminals or children.”
The Gun Buyback events will be held in two places on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
Frank Hotchkin Training Center
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Facey Medical Group
11165 Sepulveda Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Reducing gun violence is one of the top priorities for Mayor Garcetti, who has signed laws that ban large capacity ammunition magazines and require that guns be stored and locked while at home and not in use.
In 2017, the Mayor set a goal to get at least 20,000 guns off the streets of L.A. in five years. The City is well ahead of the pace to meet that goal — collecting 7,300 last year alone, the most since 2013.
At the beginning of this year, Mayor Garcetti directed the LAPD to begin 2018 by clearing the list of prohibited gun owners — people who are no longer legally allowed to possess firearms, including felons and people with a history of domestic violence or severe mental health issues. In mid-April, officers were able to bring the list down to zero.
Mayor Garcetti has also committed additional resources to the people and communities most affected by gun violence: he worked with the LAPD to create a Crime Gun Intelligence Center, which matches guns to crimes and crimes to criminals — by coordinating the work of local and federal law enforcement and using data-driven strategies, forensic expertise, and prosecutorial resources to drive down gun violence and combat illegal gun trafficking and dealing. And in 2016, Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD established the Community Safety Operations Center (CSOC) in South L.A. — a command post where specially-trained and equipped officers can pool their information to pinpoint the response to violent crime. The strategy has worked: Last year, LAPD’s South Bureau saw the lowest number of homicides and victims shot since 1973. The CSOC is now being taken citywide.
For more information about the gun buyback events, visit our website here or call (877) LAPD-247.