LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — More than 750 guns were taken off the streets of Los Angeles during the city’s annual Gun Buyback program.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that 778 firearms were turned in for gift cards during Saturday’s event.
In total, 369 handguns, 228 rifles, 140 shotguns, and 41 assault weapons were collected at two locations.
“The Gun Buyback gives Angelenos the opportunity to help make our city safer by taking these guns off the street so they don’t fall into the hands of criminals or children,” said Mayor Garcetti.
In exchange for surrendering weapons, participants received either a $100 or $200 Ralph’s gift card, depending on the firearm.
The program has taken 13,696 guns off the streets since its inception in 2009.