Los Angeles: On Saturday, May 9, 2015, 746 firearms were exchanged for Ralph's gift cards. Community members who surrendered their firearms received gift cards valued at $100 for most firearms and $200 for firearms classified as assault rifles.
The Citywide Gun Buyback Program is an initiative of the Mayor's Office Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program. Major corporate sponsorship was provided by the Ralph's Corporation. While many in the media covered the event, the primary media partners for this event were KCBS2 / KCAL9.
Individuals are able to surrender guns to any Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Community Police Station all year long. When bringing a firearm to a police station, please leave the unloaded gun(s) in a locked container or stored in a vehicle trunk. A station front desk officer will assist you with the weapon surrendering process. Please visit the LAPD website at www.lapdonline.org to find the nearest community police station.
For additional information, please contact the LAPD, Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.
Gun Buyback Site Handgun Shotgun Rifle Assault Total
Van Nuys 171 44 66 16 297
Olympic 203 99 134 13 449
TOTAL 374 143 200 29 746