LA Gun Buyback Set for Wednesday

Gun owners can turn in their weapons anonymously for gift cards the day after Christmas

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    NBC10 Philadelphia - Catherine Brown
    A gun buy back in Camden netted all these weapons.

    The city of Los Angeles will hold its gun buyback on Wednesday. The city has been hosting buybacks since 2009 as a way to help remove guns from the streets. Officials said since the program began citizens have turned in nearly 8,000 guns.

    Though they can't definitely tie it to the program, officials said that since the program began they've noted a 39 percent drop in gang crimes and a 33 percent drop in the number of “shots fired” incidents.

    LA Police Steps Up "Gun Buyback"

    [LA] LA Police Steps Up "Gun Buyback"
    LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Monday that the city's annual gun buyback program will be pushed up to the day after Christmas, a move apparently spurred by the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. The buyback offers Ralph's gift cards up to $200 in exchange for guns, no questions asked. Lolita Lopez reports from Burbank for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2012. (Published Monday, Dec 17, 2012)

    They also said they've seen a 23 percent drop in the number of shooting victims.

    “When compared to the numbers of guns that have been taken off the streets during the same time period it certainly can be suggested that the program is having a positive impact on the safety of our communities,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a press release.

    Local Cities Buyback Guns

    [HAR] Local Cities Buyback Guns
    In an effort to thwart gun violence, Hartford Police along with area Hospitals offer up a gun buyback. Giving gift cards in exchange for firearms. (Published Saturday, Dec 1, 2012)

    Here's what you need to know about the program:

    • Citizens can turn in their guns -- anonymously and with no questions asked -- for gift cards worth either up to $100 for pistols, shotguns and rifles and up to $200 for assault weapons.
    • Those wishing to participate are not asked for identification.
    • The buyback locations are set up in a drive-thru configuration.
    • Citizens are asked to bring their unloaded weapons secured in the trunk of their vehicles.
    • When they arrive at the Gun Buyback location they will be greeted by personnel who will provide them with instructions on how the guns will be removed from their vehicles.
    • Police officers will take possession of the surrendered guns and the citizen will be offered a gift card for their surrendered firearm.
    • There is no paperwork, no photographs and no logging of anyone who surrenders a weapon.

    Big Turnout for Gun Buyback, Due in Part to Newtown Tragedy

    [BAY] Big Turnout for Gun Buyback, Due in Part to Newtown Tragedy
    Monte Francis reports on the massive turn out for a gun buyback program this weekend, that included semi-automatic weapons. (Published Saturday, Dec 15, 2012)

    The buyback will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at two locations:

    In the San Fernando Valley guns may be surrendered in Van Nuys at the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, 14750 Sherman Way, CA 91405

    Gun Buyback in Opa-locka Hits New Record

    [MI] Gun Buyback in Opa-locka Hits New Record
    The recent shootings in Connecticut were not far from the minds of participants in Saturday's gun buyback program in Opa-locka. Saturday's event was the most successful effort of its kind since the initiative started five years ago. NBC 6 reporter Betty Yu has the story. (Published Saturday, Dec 22, 2012)

    At at the Los Angeles Sports Arena – Parking Lot #6, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Figueroa Street, 3939 South Figueroa St.

    Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Mayor’s Office Gang Reduction and Youth Development program office at (213) 473-7796, via email at lagryd@lacity.org.
     

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