Handguns, semi-automatic and automatic assault rifles were among 365 weapons collected at a buyback event in Lynwood this weekend, officials said.
The firearms, which will be destroyed, were collected during Saturday’s event, sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Community Advisory Board.
Hahn said in a statement that the buyback program was a success and that it means hundreds of fewer guns could be part of accidents or violent crimes.
“I’m grateful to everyone who came out today and turned in a gun,” Hahn said. “It was the right thing to do and their families and their community are safer because of it.”
Gun buyback programs are typically used as a means of collecting firearms from communities without asking questions. The weekend program allowed people to hand in firearms regardless of whether they were working.
In return, participants who provided their firearms in the Metro Park and Ride parking lot in Lynwood on Saturday received gift cards of up to $300 for Food4Less, Amazon, Superior Market and North Gate Gonzalez Market.
Gift card values have increased depending on the weapons provided, according to Hahn’s office. This included $50 for a firearm or part that doesn’t work and $150 for a pistol, rifle, or shotgun that works. But values have risen to $200 for a working phantom weapon known as unregistered, untraceable firearms that can be made with a 3D printer or assembled at home using a kit. Gun owners who brought in a working assault rifle received $300 in a gift card.
The event comes months after another gun buyback program at various Los Angeles area locations in March, where 17 assault weapons and 250 other firearms were collected. The total collected also included 15 ghost weapons.