SO many props to the Los Angles Police Department!!
The LAPD's honorable gun buyback program, which generally occurs in May, was moved to TODAY (December 26th) in response to the tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shootings which took place December 14th.
The program urges gun owners to bring their weapons to one of two approved locations — the Van Nuys Masonic Temple and Los Angeles Sports Arena — where they can anonymously exchange their guns for grocery store gift cards.
A participant in the gun buyback program can get $100 for pistols, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons.
According to the LAPD, this program has collected over 8,000 guns since its inception in 2009!
If only we could turn this small effort of getting guns off of the streets into a nationwide initiative!
Imagine how many LIVES could be saved?!
[Image via AP Images.]
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