LBPD Plan Gun Buyback to Get Firearms Off the Street
2013-05-30 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach is holding a Gun Buy Back event on Saturday, June 8, from 10 am to 6 pm at the North Police Sub-Station, 4891 Atlantic Ave. Residents who turn in firearms will receive gift cards.
“Getting unwanted guns off the street securely is a good thing for the public’s safety,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
Residents who turn in guns will receive a gift card worth $50 (non-operable firearms); $100 (operable firearms); or $200 (assault weapons).
“The Gun Buy Back Program allows members of the community to turn in weapons they no longer want to own,” Police Chief Jim McDonnell said. “Every gun that is taken off the street decreases the chance for it to end up in the wrong hands.”
The goal of the program is to reduce the number of guns in the community. While there are many lawful gun owners, their guns are sometimes stolen and used in the commission of a violent crime. Reducing the number of guns would lessen the chances of this happening.
The City Council approved the Gun Buy Back on January 22, at the request of Councilmembers Steven Neal, 9th District; James Johnson, 7th District; and Al Austin, 8th District.
Gun safety information will be available at the event. Police Department staff will be responsible for traffic control, inventory of weapons, firearms handling and security.
All firearms must be unloaded, and transported in the trunk of a vehicle. Gift card quantities are limited, and subject to availability. For more information, call 562.570.5529.