Police Net 2,000 Guns in Los Angeles Buy-Back

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 28, 2012 Last Updated: December 28, 2012
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Los Angeles police acquired more than 2,000 handguns and rifles in a buy-back program that exchanged firearms for groceries.

Residents who turned in their weapons received a gift card in exchange for firearms. Officials and residents partook in the buy-back program while keeping in mind the shooting massacre at a Connecticut school earlier this month.

“You don’t know if someone is gonna get upset, and if they know you have it, they go for it. Anything could happen. I just thought it’d be a good thing to turn it in,” Denise Jones, who turned in a gun on Wednesday, told NBC 4.

The L.A. gun buy-back usually takes place in May, but officials moved it to December in response to the Connecticut shooting that left 20 children dead.

The anonymous buy-back program allows residents to turn in their guns with no questions asked, reported The Associated Press. Rifles, handguns, and shotguns are exchanged for a $100 gift card to Ralph’s grocery store, while assault weapons net a $200 gift card.

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  • Mike Halverson

    You would have to be an idiot to bring in a gun there for that kind of money. Any AR is easily worth $600. Most of my guns start at $1200 msrp and that includes all those categories If want to offer someone something to get guns off the streets give it back to them in the taxes they already paid that year. That way people get what they deserve for their guns and the government isn’t out that much money.


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