Los Angeles News
Villaraigosa Announces Gun Buyback Program
By Helya Askari
Apr 23, 2013 - 2:32:51 PM

LOS ANGELES—On Tuesday, April 23  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes and community members from different organizations including victim advocacy and faith based groups gathered to announce the launch of the 2013 Gun Buyback Program at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Frank Hotchkins Training Academy.

Mayor Villaraigosa Announcing Gun Buyback Program. Photo Courtesy of LAPD.


The Gun Buyback Program, which was started back in 2009, has been successful in obtaining nearly 10,000 weapons from community members in the Los Angeles area.


Those who would like to participate in the event are welcome to visit four different locations throughout the city on Saturday, May 4 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Officials have also indicated that individuals who visit the sites to surrender their weapons will be able to do so without having to answer questions regarding how they obtained possession of their firearm, or how the firearm was used.


In exchange for the guns, individuals will be given a Ralphs or VISA pre-paid card for up to $200. The program is one way the city along with the rest of the community is striving to lower gun violence throughout the area.

The four locations include:

Central Los Angeles — LAPD Northeast Area
LAFD Fire Academy
Frank Hotchkins Training Academy
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Valley — LAPD Van Nuys Area
Van Nuys Masonic Building Assoc.
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405

South Los Angeles — LAPD 77th Area
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
7900 South Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047

South Los Angeles — LAPD Harbor Area
Park & Ride Parking Lot
1300 West Pacific Coast Highway
Wilmington, CA 90744


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