Handguns, semi-automatic and automatic assault rifles were among 365 weapons collected at a buy-back event in Lynwood over the weekend, officials said.
The firearms, which will be destroyed, were recovered Saturday at the event sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Community Advisory Board.
Hahn said in a statement that the buy-back program has been a success and that means hundreds fewer firearms could potentially be part of accidents or violent crimes.
“I’m grateful to everyone who came out today and turned in a gun,” Hahn said. “It was the right thing to do and your families and your community are safer because of it.”
Gun buy-back programs are typically used as a way to collect firearms from communities with no questions asked. The weekend program allowed people to turn in their guns whether they were working or not.
In exchange, attendees who provided their firearms in the parking lot of Metro Park and Ride in Lynwood on Saturday received gift cards of up to $300 to Food4Less, Amazon, Superior Market and North Gate Gonzalez Market.
Gift card amounts increased based on the weapons provided, according to Hahn’s office. This included $50 for a non-functional firearm or part and $150 for a functional pistol, rifle or shotgun. But amounts have jumped up to $200 for a working ghost gun, known as unregistered and untraceable guns that can be made with a 3D printer or assembled at home using a kit. . Gun owners who brought in a working assault rifle received $300 in a gift card.
The event comes months after another gun buy-back program at multiple Los Angeles-area locations in March, where 17 assault weapons and 250 other firearms were collected. The total collected also included 15 Ghost Guns.
Los Angeles Times