When Los Angeles held a no-questions-asked gun buyback program Wednesday, it turned up some pretty curious items. Two rocket launchers and 75 assault weapons were dropped off among thousands of firearms in return for Ralph's supermarket gift cards.
Talk about turning swords into plowshares.
"Those are weapons of war, weapons of death," Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said to the Los Angeles Times. "These are not hunting guns. These are not target guns. These are made to put high-velocity, extremely deadly, long-range rounds downrange as quickly as possible, and they have no place in our great city."
Los Angeles officials collected a total of 2,037 firearms, which was 400 more than the program they held earlier this year. The weapons will not be checked for connections to crimes before being melted down.
The gun buyback was moved up from its Mother's Day date in response to the recent mass-shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 28 people dead, including 20 small children, the article said.Via Los Angeles Times