Gift Cards in Exchange for Weapons

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and newly elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will host a noon press conference Saturday, December 6, encouraging all Los Angeles County residents to turn in their unwanted firearms in exchange for store gift cards. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or while supplies last, at the Food 4 Less grocery store on 11407 S. Western Ave. in Los Angeles.

Anyone can exchange an unwanted weapon—no questions asked—for a Food 4 Less or Target gift card worth $400 for an assault weapon, $100 for a handgun or $50 for an inoperable weapon. Weapons that are surrendered are checked for lost or stolen status before they are melted down at a steel plant.

The Sheriff’s Department began the weapons buyback program several years ago, along with officials from the City of Compton and a host of community members with hopes of reducing the gun violence that affects so many. Since that time, hundreds of weapons have been turned in by residents.

“The key to success of this type of program is indeed the support from the community. In this case, especially the role that Food 4 Less and that Target play as excellent corporate citizens for the community. We hope that this exchange will indeed get some of these dangerous weapons off the street,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “By exchanging these weapons for gift cards, we hope to encourage a peaceful and fulfilling holiday season.”


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