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Sheriff’s Gun Buyback Nets 386 Weapons

COMPTON, Calif. (KTLA) — The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department collected some 386 weapons during its “Gifts for Guns” event on Monday, the first since 2009.

The haul included 193 rifles, 144 handguns and 22 assault rifles.

The event was held in the parking lot of a Ralphs supermarket at 280 E. Compton Blvd. in Compton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who turned in the weapons left with gift cards ranging from $50 to $200 — depending on the type of gun — all redeemable at Target or Ralphs markets.

Monday’s even came less than a month after the LAPD collected over 2,000 weapons during a daylong gun buyback event.

Weapons that have not been stolen will be melted down and molded into rebar, sheriff’s officials said.

The Sheriff Department’s buyback program began in 2005 and continued annually until 2009, when it was put on hold due to budget cuts.

This year’s program was planned in less than two weeks, and netted fewer weapons than in the past.

The biggest year on record was 2008, when deputies collected 1,267 firearms during a two-day weekend event.

Gun buyback programs have received more attention in recent months after a string of mass shootings, including the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Congress introduced a bill last week that would offer gun owners a $2,000 federal tax credit for turning in an assault weapon to police.

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