“This is one of the tools that we use to combat gun violence,” Det. Ben Meda of the LAPD told KCAL 9.
“The citywide Gun Buyback Program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD),” a media release states.
What’s even more surprising? Some legal gun owners were turning over their firearms, when they decided they no longer had a need for them. Steve Fish said he and his wife decided to turn over two rifles, because their grandchildren are at their house quite frequently.
“The thought that our rifles end up being used in a crime or hurting someone? That’s not a good thing,” Fish told CBS 2.
According to the department, all firearms turned over during the event were destroyed within 48 hours. As of now, it is unknown how many guns were turned over during the event.