Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the buyback program to make the city safer in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
Police officers handed out $200 grocery store gift cards to people who turned in an automatic weapon, and $100 gift cards to those who provided a handgun, rifle or shotgun…
Los Angeles normally has its gun buyback in May, but Villaraigosa announced last week that the city would have this special buyback in response to the Newtown tragedy.
“There are a number of things we can do. This is just one of them,” Villaraigosa said on CNN. “We’ve got to also address the culture of violence that we’ve got in this country.”
At last count, the Los Angeles gun buyback had collected 1,366 firearms, including 477 handguns and 49 assault weapons, said Vicki Curry, a spokeswoman for the mayor.