LAPD buyback nets guns, rocket launcher

Hundreds of weapons were taken in during the first hour of Los Angeles' annual gun buyback program


The Daily News of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Authorities were hoping to net about 2,000 weapons in the city's annual gun buyback program Saturday, but the total tally of firearms that locals exchanged for gift cards won't be available until Monday, according to officials.

The program, in its fourth year and held on Mother's Day weekend, is aimed at cutting down on shootings by allowing people to turn in weapons — no questions asked — at six locations around the city, including Facey Medical Center in Mission Hills.

About 600 to 700 guns were surrendered citywide in just the first hour, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. Since the program started in 2009, more than 6,200 guns have been collected.

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