LA announces gun buyback program

From Compton to Coachella, law enforcement agencies have offered to collect firearms in exchange for gift cards. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the city of Los Angeles is joining the trend.

From Compton to Coachella, law enforcement agencies have offered to collect firearms in exchange for gift cards. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the city of Los Angeles is joining the trend.

Cheryl Devall: The idea is to encourage anyone who wants to get rid of a gun to bring it in, no questions asked. The LAPD means that last part. Police say they won’t even run ballistics tests on the weapons that come their way through this gun buyback program.

Instead, the department plans to melt down the weapons. The city of Los Angeles has set aside $70,000 for the collection effort. On May 9th, police personnel will staff 20 locations where people who bring in their firearms can swap them for gift certificates worth up to $200.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s anti-gang chief, Reverend Jeff Carr, noted that the collection’s scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend. He urged young people to bring in their guns to demonstrate their love for their mothers, friends, and neighborhoods. Critics of gun buyback programs maintain that they’re not very effective at parting hardened criminals from their weapons.

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