Los Angeles gun buyback held early due to Newtown

By Samantha Kimmey
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 11:12 EDT
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Los Angeles is holding its annual gun buyback event Wednesday, a few months early in light of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., reported the Los Angeles Times.

The city’s mayor wanted people to have the chance to take “concrete action” after the massacre that left 20 children and 6 adults at the school dead, as well as the shooter himself and his mother.

Handguns, shotguns, and rifles — which can be left anonymously — will merit $100 in gift cards at Ralphs, a local grocery store chain. Assault weapons will get $200 in gift cards.

Los Angeles began the gun buyback program in 2009 and has collected almost 8,000 firearms over the past few years. Last May, on Mother’s Day weekend, the city received almost 1,700 firearms, which included 53 assault weapons and a single anti-tank rocket launcher.

Watch the video, via KTLA, below.

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