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UPDATE: Los Angeles offers groceries for guns in annual buyback program

LAPD 2012 Gun Buyback Program

Erika Aquilar

Weapons taken during an LAPD gun buyback program in south Los Angeles are secured.

December 2012 LAPD Gun Buyback Program

Erika Aguilar

An employee walks with a weapon exchanged for a gift card at an LAPD gun buyback program in south Los Angeles.

2012 LAPD Gun Buyback Program

Erika Aguilar

A bucket of shotguns taken during an LAPD gun buyback program in south Los Angeles.


UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: Halfway into the day, the LAPD has received about 515 weapons at the gun buyback program in Van Nuys, where the average wait time is more than one hour. Police expect to go past the planned 4:00 p.m. end time.

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A similar amount has been collected at a second gun buyback event in South Los Angeles.

Among the more lethal weapons handed over was a "Street Sweeper," which takes 10-20 shotgun bullets. The LAPD has taken in 25 assault weapons at the Van Nuys location.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the program has been such a success that they may run out of the gift cards they are giving away. City leaders are now trying to raise more funds to keep the gun buyback going. About $130,000 was donated for Wednesday's events.

PREVIOUSLY: Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple.

Weapons can be turned in; no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards; assault weapons earn a $200 card.

The program, designed to get guns off the streets, usually is held in May. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accelerated it in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that killed 26 people.

A buyback last May netted about 1,700 guns.

LAPD 2012 Gun Buyback Program

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