Guns for Groceries! LA Takes Guns Off The Streets
UPDATE: Dec. 28, 9:55 am
In total, the LAPD reports that their “guns-for-groceries” exchange program successfully removed 2,037 guns from off the streets including 75 assault weapons and two anti-tank rocket launchers. #Winning!
In wake of recent outburst of gun violence, the Los Angeles police department collected 1600 guns including 60 assault rifles through their annual gun buyback program. LA police typically hold their “guns-for-groceries” exchange program in May, however the shooting that left 20 first graders and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in addition to the killing of two firemen in Webster, NY, incited the LAPD to hold the program the day after Christmas.
Through the program, gun owners were allowed to anonymously turn in handguns, shot guns and rifles in exchange for a $100 supermarket gift card or assault weapons for a $200 free card.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigos spoke about how the heart-wrenching incidents of gun violence has affected the program. “All of us are still mourning the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.,” he said. “So many young innocent children were mass-murdered in the way that they were, and now the assassination of two firefighters … just breaks the heart of so many of us, particularly in this holiday season.”
Since the program began in 2009, 8000 guns have been collected.
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