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Sheriff Provides Gift Cards For Guns

Sheriff's deputies at an event in Compton collected 193 rifles, five shotguns, 144 handguns, 22 assault rifles and 22 non-operational guns.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's event to get more guns off the streets turned out sucessfully, officials said.

On Monday, Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas and Compton city officials presided over the "Gifts for Guns" program.

At the event -- between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m -- those turning in weapons were sent through various checkpoints where the guns were collected, bagged, tagged and rendered safe, officials said.

Deputies collected 193 rifles, five shotguns, 144 handguns, 22 assault rifles and 22 non-operational guns, according to Nicole Nishida, LASD Public Information Officer.

Handguns, rifles and shotguns garnered $100 gift cars and assault weapons were exchanged for $200 gift cards, Nishida said.

Non-operational guns were turned in for $50 gift cards, she said.

The gift cards -- they totaled $38,500 -- are redeemable at Target and Ralph’s Markets; Ridley-Thomas donated a portion of the funds.

“These guns collected today will never be used on the streets again and is the most benign enforcement of common sense,” Baca said.

The guns collected will be melted down at the department's annual Gun Melt and used for construction rebar or “Peace Angels” sculptures.




Ray Russell January 25, 2013 at 08:55 PM
How many of these weapons have ever been used "on the streets"? Where's the complete story? I'd bet none have ever been! Honest people , non criminals, will be the ones taking advantage of this type of program. The guns in criminal hands will remain in their hands. These programs are a failure, because they don't target criminal possession of weapons. They just make some politician look good.
Vito Spago January 26, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Assault weapons.? Are these the legal "military look alike" assault weapons or does the press want us to think that these are the fully automatic weapons that the military use that we cannot and do not possess. I love it when the media try to confuse people. Any grenade or rocket launchers? How about biological or nucear weapons. Those have not been banned either.
b January 27, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Come and take it.......
b January 27, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Come and take it.......

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