LA's gun buyback nets nearly 800 guns, from anti-tank to assault rifles

LOS ANGELES >> There they were, neatly spread out on tables at the Los Angeles Police Department:

• An anti-tank rocket launcher

• An Uzi

• Assault rifles

• Pistols

• The list goes on …

The final count from last weekend’s anonymous gun buyback program was 772, officials announced Friday as they exhibited the weaponry, which was surrendered at locations in Mission Hills and South L.A.

Ultimately, all the confiscated guns will be melted into steel rebar, LAPD Officer Jennifer Rogers said.

But for now, Friday was a chance to send a message.

“Each one of these guns collected represents one less opportunity to take a life or to lose a life,” said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who joined LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at the buyback results news conference.

Upon surrendering weapons, individuals received Target gift cards for $100 or $200. The lower amount was issued for rifles, handguns and shotguns while the larger one was given for assault weapons.

A total of 370 handguns, 220 rifles, 143 shotguns and 39 assault weapons were relinquished, Garcetti said.

But even one gun surrendered had the potential to save lives, L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander said.

“Had we done all of this for one gun, it would have been a success,” said Englander, whose district includes Chatsworth, North Hills, Granada Hills and West Hills.

Englander said his uncle was gunned down 23 years ago in the San Fernando Valley when four teenagers shot him in the back as part of a gang…

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