(LOS ANGELES) — In response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre and other recent gun violence, officials in Los Angeles held a gun buyback program on Wednesday.
The program collected nearly 1,400 guns. Usually held on Mother’s Day weekend, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved the program up. He said it’s essential for the government to coordinate efforts.
Villaraigosa added, “Now cities and states must join with the federal government to do everything we can, as quickly as we can to keep our communities safe, and to get deadly weapons off our streets.”
According to a statement by the LAPD, citizens surrendering guns in the buyback program are not asked to provide any identification, which makes the process anonymous.
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