How Gun Buyback programs affect Crime
39 percent drop in gang crimes, 33 percent drop in shots fired calls, 241 fewer people shot.
Every year in LA, the Los Angeles Police Department hosts a gun buyback program which allows residents to turn in weapons with “no questions asked”. Since inception in 2009, there has been a 39 percent drop in gang crimes and 33 percent drop in shots fired calls, translating into 241 fewer people shot in the city, according to the Mayor’s office.
So what do you get for turning in firearms?
The city of LA is offering up to $100 Ralph’s gift cards for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 gift cards for Calif. classified assault weapons. Not bad. So far authorities have recovered 53 assault weapons, 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns and one anti-tank rocket launcher. Yes, one anti-tank rocket launcher..
This Gun Buyback program sounds like a no brainer to me and I profoundly recommend that it should be implemented in all cites.
Original Story “LA Gun Buyback Event Pushed Up After Conn. Tragedy” featured in LosAngeles.CBS.local.gov. on Dec. 17, 2012.