Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, September 10th, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Long Beach Police Department will hold a gun-buyback event from 8AM to 4PM at Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. in North Long Beach. The event gives residents an opportunity to turn guns in, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards. The firearms are destroyed, eliminating a significant threat to the area.
“This is an opportunity to turn in firearms, anonymously, with no questions asked,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Fewer guns mean safer neighborhoods. Our Long Beach Police Department partners and I look forward to welcoming community members who are ready to help make their communities safer places to live.”
In May, Supervisor Hahn sponsored a similar event in neighboring Lynwood that took 365 guns off the streets. Next month’s event is the product of collaboration between the office of Supervisor Hahn, which purchased the gift cards, and the Long Beach Police Department, which will be responsible for accepting and destroying the firearms.
“As part of our priority to reduce violent crime, I am pleased to announce that the Long Beach Police Department will be partnering with Supervisor Janice Hahn on this upcoming Gun Buy-Back operation”, said LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish. “The Gun Buy Back operation will provide a safe environment for individuals to turn in firearms and contribute to improving public safety in our community.”
As with the Lynwood event, there are important guidelines to participating in the buy-back that ensure the safety of the public and LBPD officers. Firearms must be brought unloaded in the trunk of a vehicle and are not permitted on any Metro or Long Beach Transit vehicle. Pedestrian walk-ups will not be accepted. Participants can choose from an assortment of gift cards, including gift cards that can be redeemed on Amazon.
Non-functioning firearms: $50 in gift cards
Functioning Handguns/Rifles/Shotguns: $100 in gift cards
Functioning Assault Weapons: $200 in gift cards