791 Firearms Collected During Annual Buyback Event in L.A.

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A total of 791 firearms were collected during a gun buyback event, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garretti announced Wednesday.

A police official examines a firearm at an LAPD gun buyback event on May 7, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A police official examines a firearm at an LAPD gun buyback event on May 7, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

More guns were collected during the annual event on May 7 compared to last year, city officials said during a press conference.

The buyback program is an initiative from the mayor’s office of gang reduction and youth development, and is supported by the Los Angeles Police Department and other community organizations.

On May 7, 364 handguns, 237 rifles, 144 shotguns and 42 assault weapons were collected at two locations. Four guns were classified as other.

In total, 15,233 guns have been taken off the street at 11 buyback events since the program started in 2009. Of these, 47 percent were handguns, the guns most frequently used in firearm homicides, officials said.

Those who surrender their weapons received Ralphs gift cards valued at up to $200, depending on the type of gun that is turned in.