Video: Los Angeles Plans Gun Buyback Event Today Because of Sandy Hook School Shooting

| by Michael Allen

Los Angeles is holding its a gun buyback event on Wednesday, a few months early because of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

City officials wanted to take action after the shooting that left 20 children and 6 adults at the school dead, reports the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD officials will take back guns at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The guns can be turned in anonymously, with no questions asked.

Handguns, shotguns, and rifles can be traded in for $100 in gift cards at Ralphs grocery stores, while assault weapons will get $200 in gift cards, reports KTLA-TV (video below).

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa created the gun buyback program in 2009, which has collected about 8,000 guns over the past few years.

Mayor Villaraigosa said last week in a statement: "Too often we wake up with another headline that reminds us we are too late. In Los Angeles, we believe we should stand together."

Last May, almost 1,700 firearms were traded in, including 53 assault weapons and an anti-tank rocket launcher.