LA Gun Buyback Yields ... Rocket Launchers?!

75 assault weapons also turned in

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2012 11:01 AM CST | Updated Dec 30, 2012 9:56 AM CST

(Newser) – Los Angeles officials declared victory this week, after their gun buyback program managed to pull in 2,037 guns, including 75 assault weapons and two anti-tank rocket launchers, the LA Times reports. Yes, you read that correctly. Residents turned in the weapons for grocery store gift cards, no questions asked.

"Those are weapons of war, weapons of death," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said of the rockets and assault weapons. "These are not hunting guns." Response to the drive was so unexpectedly strong that the city ran out of gift cards, and had to rely on a private donation through the city controller to keep things going. In 166 cases, owners turned in their guns for nothing.

LA officials show some of the weapons collected in Wednesday's Los Angeles Gun Buyback event.
LA officials show some of the weapons collected in Wednesday's Los Angeles Gun Buyback event.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck holds up a rocket launcher taken as part of an earlier gun buyback program.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck holds up a rocket launcher taken as part of an earlier gun buyback program.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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