L.A. Residents Can Exchange Guns for Gift Cards

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of it’s effort to reduce gun violence, the City of Los Angeles will exchange gift cards for firearms Saturday during anonymous Gun Buyback collection events in downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando valley.

Launched in 2009, the Gun Buyback initiative is led by the GRYD Foundation in partnership with the LAPD. The goal is to reduce the number of guns on the streets that could end up being used as part of a crime, leading to death or injury.

The upcoming collection events, according to the city, are part of the strategy to reduce violence during summer months, and are focused in areas with the highest propensity for violence.

Allowing guns to be turned in anonymously has encouraged people who, for a variety of reasons — including not having a permit or being the registered owner — would otherwise not take part in the program, according to organizers.

To take part, the person wanting to surrender a single or multiple firearms, will drive through the collection line, stop, and wait as the firearms are inspected and classified. Firearms should be unloaded and in the trunk of the vehicle. Participants then complete a survey and received a Target gift card upon departure.

The gift card amount is up to $100 for all handguns, rifles, and shotguns surrendered and up to $200 for assault weapons as classified by the State of California, while supplies last.

Guy Buybacks will be held Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (3939 S. Figueroa St. LA) and Facey Medical Center (11165 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills). For more information, call 877-LAPD-247.

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