City of Los Angeles Anonymous Gun Buy Back Program
Posted by Councilmember Englander on May 19, 2017 at 12:18 PM
Today, I was proud to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and Councilmember Curren Price to share the results of this year's anonymous gun buyback program.
Over the weekend, Los Angeles residents were able turn in handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons in exchange for a Target gift card.
The results were impressive with over 750 guns brought to Saturday's events. The program has collected over 16,000 guns since beginning in 2009. Of these, 47% are handguns, the guns most often used in firearm homicides.
Over 600 assault weapons have been collected, including the 39 assault weapons collected on Saturday. This represents a small fraction of the weapons in circulation in Los Angeles.
With the recent surge in knock-knock burglaries, unsecured firearms are a prime target for theft. Safety measures for responsible gun owners are critical and residents should make sure that their weapons don't fall into the wrong hands. In addition to being locked up, guns should be placed out of reach of children.
It's important to ensure all firearms are registered with the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms so that if a weapon is ever stolen or lost, it can be tracked accordingly.
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