L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a press conference expressing his condolences to everyone affected by the Sandy Hook shooting, saying that a conversation about gun control is necessary now more than ever. Villaraigosa took a proactive approach, announcing that annual city-wide gun buyback that takes place each May will now be moved to the day after Christmas.
"We feel it's absolutely critical to provide Angelenos with concrete actions that they can take today to make our city safer," Villaraigosa said. The program allows residents to turn in weapons anonymously and in exchange for gift cards.
The event will now take place on December 26. Anyone who returns an assault rifle will receive $200 gift cards to Ralph's, while handguns and smaller weapons will yield $100 gift cards. Since the program's inception four years ago, nearly 8,000 guns have been returned.
Information about drop-off locations will be released in the near future.