LA holds gun buyback early after US school shooting
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Los Angeles' no-questions-asked gun buyback event, where weapons could be exchanged for up to US$200 (S$244), was held on Wednesday, five months early after the Connecticut school shooting.
Gun owners could take their arms to one of two locations in return for a US$100 grocery store gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns, or a US$200 card for automatic weapons.
"Cities and states must join with the federal government to do everything we can, as quickly as we can, to keep our communities safe," said LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "It is absolutely critical to provide Angelenos with concrete actions they can take today to make our city safer tomorrow," he added.
Mr Villaraigosa brought forward the date of the event, usually held in May, following the Dec 14 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 26 people including 20 young children.