LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced today that 778 firearms were taken off the street during the city's Gun Buyback December 13th.
"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.
An initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, the Gun Buyback program -- which has taken 13,696 guns off the street since its inception in 2009 -- also involves LAPD and victim advocacy organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations.
In exchange for surrendering weapons, participants in the Gun Buyback receive a Ralphs pre-paid card. The amount per firearm is dependent on its type, up to $200 for assault weapons as specified by the State of California, and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit determines the type and classification of the firearm surrendered.