Los Angeles residents had the opportunity to exchange their firearms for gift cards, in an effort to minimize gun violence.
Los Angeles mayor’s 10th gun buyback program, saw over 700 firearms exchanged, and many hope this will reduce gun-related violence.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters that the firearms are “all off our street, all out of our homes, and all away from our communities.”
A total of 746 firearms were turned in by residents in exchange for pre-paid Ralph’s grocery cards on Saturday with no questions asked. 29 assault rifles, 374 handguns, 143 shotguns, and 200 rifles were handed over and some say these acts, “gave the gift of safety.”
Held since 2009, these firearms buybacks create, “potentially one less tragedy, one less crime, one less suicide, and one less accident,” with each weapon.
Critics are wary about gun buybacks and studies are dated. They say it is more of a PR attempt as violent crime numbers just this year are high in Los Angeles.
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