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Program offers gift card, shirt for guns

March 26, 2009 1:43:03 PM PDT
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to get guns off the street with its "Gifts for Guns" program.You turn in a weapon, and you get a gift card and a T-shirt in return -- no questions asked.

Hundreds of guns are stolen from L.A. County homes every year, and sometimes they end up in the wrongs hands in communities plagued by violence.

"We have found that the majority of gun-related crimes are committed with stolen guns. Thus, the key here is to take guns away from those who have decided they're no longer necessary for themselves," said Sheriff Lee Baca.

Law enforcement officials and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are hopeful the program will help curb gun crime.

The program, which is in its fourth year, allows gun owners to turn in a weapon anonymously, and in return, they get a $100 gift card or a $200 gift card if the gun is an assault rifle. This year, those who turn in guns will also receive a T-shirt that says "Terminate violence" featuring the governor in his most famous movie role.

Schwarzenegger was at the news conference unveiling the program to lend his support and his likeness.

"On the front of the T-shirt, you see a great image of a very handsome cyborg," Schwarzenegger said at the news conference.

The governor also announced $9.2 million in grants to 17 California cities and 13 community groups in heavy gang areas.

The "Gifts for Guns" program will be going on for the next eight weekends.

March 28 - 29

  • Lancaster station (Fri. and Sat.)
  • Century station
  • Norwalk station

April 4 - 5

  • Palmdale station
  • Carson station
  • Walnut station

April 18 - 19

  • Santa Clarita station
  • Lomita station (Sat. 18th only)
  • Lakewood-Cerritos station

April 25

  • Altadenastation
  • San Dimas station

May 2

  • Crescenta Valley station
  • Marina del Rey station

May 8 - 9

  • East Los Angeles station
  • Lennox station
  • Industry station

May 22 - 23

  • Lost Hills station (Sat. 23rd only)
  • Avalon station (Fri. 22nd only)

May 30 - 31

  • Temple station
  • Compton station
  • Pico Rivera station

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