Nearly 13,000 Firearms Removed from the Streets Since Program Began in 2009
LOS ANGELES - 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 two Los Angeles locations on Saturday, December 13.
"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. "The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to help make our city safer by turning in unwanted firearms."
The Gun Buyback is an initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office (GRYD) and has taken nearly 13,000 guns off the street. The Buyback 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.
Media Partner KCAL9/KCBS 2 is joining numerous community groups in spreading the word about the buyback.
People can surrender their firearms between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 13th at:
Mid-City Los Angeles
Parking Lot between Wilton & Gramercy Place
2379 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Van Nuys Masonic Temple
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405