LA gun buyback program nets rocket launchers

4:28 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
An LAPD officer hold a collected assault weapon during the Gun Buyback Program event in the Van Nuys area of north Los Angeles on December 26, 2012. (Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (WXIA) -- Among the weapons turned in at this week's gun buyback program in Los Angeles was two rocker launchers.

The city's annual program normally occurs each May, but was moved up in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT earlier this month. Twenty-six people, including 20 children were killed in the massacre.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the annual event is held by the LA Police Department and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Gang Reduction adn Youth Development Program.

The program allows people to turn in weapons, "no questions asked," in exchange for supermarket gift cards.

Last year, the program landed more than 1,600 weapons, including 53 assault weapons, 791 handguns, 527 rifles and 302 shotguns. So far, this year's program has netted more than 2,000 weapons, including 75 assault weapons and the two anti-tank rocket launchers.

The Times said Villaraigosa called for a national assault weapons ban and for a strengthening of California's state assault weapons laws to close loopholes.

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