Periodically, some cities offer a gun buyback program in an attempt to get as many guns off the streets as possible.  Cities such as Detroit, Cincinnati, Boston, San Diego and Los Angeles have tried this program.  This past week, Los Angeles offered a $200 grocery gift card for anyone turning in an automatic weapon and a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Generally, the police don’t ask any questions about the guns or where they came from and no arrests are made.  In LA this past week, they asked people to place the guns in the trunk of their cars, pull up to the buyback locations, open the trunk and allow the police to remove the gun.

The preliminary count in Los Angeles yielded around 1400 guns, 49 of which were assault weapons and 477 were handguns.  They generally hold their gun buybacks in May where they collected 1,673 guns earlier this year.

Officials in Los Angeles and other cities with buyback programs say the programs are a success and help to keep the streets safer, but are those claims true?

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  • JB

    Gee, I wonder what FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT rifles were turned in??

    • medic2003

      0 would probably be the correct answer

    • betterboy

      The idiots keep calling semi-automatics assault weapons because they look like an M16. I wish someone would correct the media.

  • TaterSalad

    Exposing Gun Myths! “Never again”! Are you ready to give up you 2nd. Amendment and will you agree to disarm ourselves so big government can have their complete control over us once again? Your call America!


    • Ret. Marine

      Ain’t gonna happen, from my cold dead hands. Warrior 1972-2004. I have been in more scrapes in hell holes from afar, think I am worried about these mindless punks. They really don’t know just how pissed this Nations Patriots are these days do they?

  • GWY

    Funny story. I bet the only firearms turned in were useless Saturday night junk. Anyone would know a good firearm in working condition will bring three times those dollars in a street deal. A high end firearm will bring even more.


      Remember that California is starting this buy-back…..Hell, send me all of the Colt’s & Glocks. I will keep them off the streets forever.

  • U.S.Cavalry

    So how many criminals gaveup their guns? How many of these lawbiding citizens gaveup their Constitutional rights? And how many dissarmed citizens will become victoms to gun violance and crimes involving criminals and government goons?


      If they give up their protection, I have no pity on them. Just like the fools that stayed in New York when told to leave. What’s wrong with these idiots? Government teat nursers….LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/garrey.mcvicker Garrey McVicker

      new york, and calf. has got to be the most stupit people in this county. there are all socialist and fall into line doing goose steps.when time comes there march right into the camps like a good commie.

    • betterboy

      You are a dummy. Lots of Californians own guns. The problem is there are many dems here that have not been victimized yet. lol
      Don’t group us good guys together with the gun haters because we choose to live in the best place on earth – all things considered.

    • Ret. Marine

      That can be changed you know “the problem is there are many dems here that have not been victimized yet”. Maybe then they’ll get a clue, or as usual, they’ll just blame a bitter clinger, gun toting Patriot because we dare to defend ourselves, our family, communities, Nation against their useful idiot moves, and we can’t have that, now can we? why that would be a common defense methode, they despise. right? The only good commie is a dead one. Old Cold War survivor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/garrey.mcvicker Garrey McVicker

      you got that right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoWazzoo Jo Wazzoo

    Please do NOT use the word AUTOMATICS weapons. It is agaianst the law except for a select few to own an AUTOMATIC weapon in the USA. TY. This pisses me off as much as interchanging the word DEBT with DEFICIT.

  • http://twitter.com/SuperDutyDave David Elliott Lee

    It is the criminals who gave up guns with bodies/shootings attached to them. That way us taxpayers are paying the LAPD to destroy evidence, while paying the LAPD to solve the same crimes. Gun Buybacks do work–Look at how much work they created for the LAPD!

  • DOOM

    “Angeles offered a $200 grocery gift card for anyone turning in an
    automatic weapon and a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns.”

    Either the police don’t know what an automatic weapon is, or they have a bigger gang problem than I thought.

    • JIM

      Probably these guns belonged to someone else ,so they really didn’t care ,$200.00 is a lot to someone who needs something ,food whaever,Some of those same people sold their vote for sa phone ,they will sell their soul fo a pittence of what it is worth sactually a soul is priceless ,But if they or anyone doesn’t have anyselfesteem ,them there you have it .They are Hell bound ,along with the rest of them !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garrey.mcvicker Garrey McVicker

    hell put them on say crags listvor take them to a gun show. they are worth more then a couple hundred bucks. people in califoria is just plane stupit. do they really trust the cops not to take the ones they wont. maybe not the lower cops, but the higher ups, then comes the dea, and the fbi. some of those guns will not be destoryed. nor shought they be. wars coming s. krora is going to have nukes, obamass going to send in his brown shirts. just saying .

    • betterboy

      “people in califoria is just plane stupit” . LOL I’m in California and happy I don’t have your intellect! LOL

  • BigUgly666

    49 of those were “assault weapons”.

    Really? I call B***S*** on that! They may have be “look like assault weapons” …. because they are black or have a pistol grip. Does that mean that all black people are “assault blacks” because some of them are punk criminals?

    All this does is give a “free pass” to criminals. Turn in the murder weapons and the “police” will destroy the evidence for you. Just like a “get out of jail free” card.

  • faithandhonor

    and what in the hell do the authorities do with those guns? Send them to the cartels or re-sell them on the streets to the gangs? Somebody should be asking this question.

    • betterboy

      They give them to Fast and Furious. lol

  • Trooper2

    I’m sure the “police” keep any firearm that’s of quality, antique, or collectible. I’m
    gonna give up a $500 to $800 gun for a $200 grocery chit? Wake up A-Holes.

  • Wayne Peterkin

    They can’t afford enough to buy back mine. As far as whether these programs are successful, that’s a dumb question. Bad guys don’t give up their weapons. The only people who turned anything in are those who never intended to use them in the first place, even for personal defense, and who saw the opportunity to get a little money in return. The criminals are still very well armed in Los Angeles and the city is no safer.

  • grenn

    Would somebody please tell me what an assault weapon is? I thought they were banned anyway. A semi-automatic weapon is not an assault weapon, right? Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001038242731 Stephen Russell

    No, at my worksite, next door they had a city gunbuy back for LA CA & most who got in line maybe had NO Guns BUT still got giftcards to Ralphs grocery store, Stupid waste since Id give a giftcard away Per Gun IF any vs hand outs
    & No Homeies were in line to give up thier guns IE Gangs.
    So NO
    & those who do either have guns at home or NOW declaring Im Defenseless.

  • Lil

    Gun Buy backs are great times for murders to get rid of the evidence. I am so ashamed of how stupid people really are. they have learned nothing from history. Stupid stupid , but smart criminals.

  • Ben

    I will sell my Gun’s to people that I know and not for some stupid buyback that you only get a few dollare of value for.

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