Los Angeles: On December 14, 2013, 817 firearms were exchanged for Ralphs gift cards and pre-paid Visa gift cards. On Saturday morning, lines of automobiles formed at each of the surrender locations. Community members received cards valued at $100 for most firearms and $200 for firearms classified as assault rifles.
The citywide Gun Buyback Program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. Major corporate sponsorship was provided by the Ralphs Corporation. While many in the media covered the event, the primary media partner was KCBS2 / KCAL9.
At the conclusion of the event, Ralphs and Visa gift cards totaling around $148,350 had been exchanged for firearms.
Individuals may still surrender guns to any LAPD Community Police Station. When bringing a firearm to a police station, please leave the unloaded gun(s) in a locked container or stored in a vehicle trunk. Assistance will be provided after discussing the intent to surrender a weapon with an officer at the police station desk. Until another Gun Buyback event is scheduled, no gift cards will be exchanged. Please visit the LAPD website at www.lapdonline.org to find the nearest community police station.
For additional information, please contact the LAPD, Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.
Weapons Surrendered During December 2013 Gun Buyback
LAPD GUN UNIT FINAL FIREARM COUNT
(Source: LAPD GND Gun Unit)