This past weekend, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa oversaw a mass gun buyback program that they hoped would somewhat reduce the estimated 3 million firearms floating around the city.
Over 1,600 weapons -- including pocket pistols and a military rocket launcher -- were collected from L.A. residents during the two-day event, as the weapons holders ultimately swapped out their firepower for Ralphs or Visa gift cards. Regardless of whether the weapons were still in working order or not, everyone who turned one in got their reward – up to $100 for handguns and up to $200 for assault weapons.
When it was all said and done, the final tally stood at: 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns and 53 assault weapons collected.
In an effort to encourage folks to part ways with their heat, authorities also permitted anonymous, no-questions-asked submissions.
The small arsenal collected made for a great picture at the Monday morning press conference that Villaraigosa held outside the Los Angeles Police Department Administration building.
(via 89.3 KPCC)
“In the four years we have been doing this, we have taken almost 8,000 weapons off the streets of Los Angeles,” Beck told the Los Angeles Times
Last year, this very same program brought in over 2,000 firearms.