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L.A. offers money for guns to make city safer

April 23, 2010 12:33:44 AM PDT
L.A. announced on Friday its second annual gun buyback program in an effort to make the city safer by getting guns off the street.It's a no-questions-asked program that officials say has proven to be very successful. Last year, people turned in nearly 1,700 firearms and received gift cards worth $130,200.

"As I understand it, this was the most successful gun buyback program in the United States of America," said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

LAPD officials said violent crimes are down this year, but most homicides still involve guns.

"You don't know how impactful it is on us. We hurt every second of every second of our lives, but what we do is we keep it pushing because we don't want anybody else to feel the pain that we feel," said community member Vicky Lindsay. Lindsay's son and husband were murdered several years ago.

In exchange for turning in firearms, participants will receive either Ralphs grocery store gift cards or a Visa pre-paid card. They can receive up to $200 for assault weapons and up to $100 for handguns.

People can turn in guns at five locations throughout the city on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop-off locations:

East Los Angeles

Hollenbeck Area
Legacy LA
1350 N. San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Valley

Mission Area
Facey Medical Building
11165 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345

West Los Angeles

Hollywood Area
Farm Fresh Ranch Grocery Store
5520 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

South Los Angeles

Harbor Area
Park & Ride Parking Lot
1300 W Pacific Coast Highway
Wilmington, CA 90744

77th Area Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
7900 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Note: Transport firearms unloaded and in the trunk of the vehicle.

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