Gun buyback program set for Saturday

LOS ANGELES Individuals who turn in a handgun, shotgun, or rifle in the city of L.A. will receive a $100 gift card for Ralphs. Anyone who turns in an assault weapon, such as an AK-47, AR-15, or Uzi will get a $200 Visa gift card.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling on all L.A. residents to make the city safer by turning in their guns, and getting dangerous weapons off the streets.

The LAPD is not planning to run ballistics tests on the firearms to see if they match any unsolved crimes. They will be checked to see if they have been reported lost or stolen.

L.A. County's Gifts for Guns program will offer $100 gift cards to Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Target to anyone who turns in a firearm.

County supervisor Gloria Molina says the program contributes to crime reduction, and possibly prevents gun accidents and crimes. The county program has gotten 2,588 firearms off the streets so far this year.

The county Gift for Guns program will take place in the Belvedere Park parking lot in the 100 block of Mednik Avenue.

In Los Angeles, guns may be turned in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at:

  • Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19500 Rinaldi St.
  • Hansen Dam at Dronfield Avenue and Osborne St.
  • Facey Medical Building, 11165 N. Sepulveda St.
  • Iglesia Bethel, 6226 Colfax Ave.
  • Councilman Dennis Zine's field office, 19040 Vanowen St.
  • County parking lot, 15430 Erwin St.
  • Hope Chapel of the Valley, 7930 Mason Ave.
  • Echo Park, Lemoyne Street at Park Avenue
  • Legacy LA, 1350 S. San Pablo St.
  • Eagle Rock Recreation Center, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive
  • LA Mart, 1933 S. Broadway
  • Farm Fresh Ranch Grocery Store, 5520 Sunset Blvd.
  • Parking lot at southwest corner of Washington Boulevard and Vineyard Avenue
  • Grace Assembly Church, 8606 Wiley Post Ave.
  • Amos Memorial CME Church, 2445 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Parking lot, 1300 W. Pacific Coast Highway
  • Prince Hall Memorial Auditorium, 9027 S. Figueroa St.
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7900 S. Western Ave.
  • 3860 W. Martin Luther King

City News Service contributed to this story.

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