Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD to Announce Locations
For Citywide Gun Buyback Initiative
WHAT: News Conference to announce Citywide Gun Buyback locations.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
WHERE: Los Angeles Fire Department
Frank Hotchkins Training Academy
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, California 90012
WHO: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes
Representatives from victim advocacy, community, and faith-based organizations
WHY: The 2013 Gun buyback will reward the voluntary surrender of firearms while engaging the community towards a common goal of reducing gun violence, an initiative of the Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) office. The Gun Buyback effort is a partnership with the LAPD and numerous community and faith-based organizations.
The Gun Buyback efforts will secure four neutral locations throughout the City where individuals can surrender their firearms-no questions asked.
In exchange for the firearm, the individual will receive a Ralphs or VISA pre-paid card for up to $200. Since the inception of the Gun Buyback Program in 2009, nearly 10,000 firearms have been taken off the streets.