From left, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and Sheriff Lee Baca, show some of the weapons collected in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Gun Buyback event Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 during a news conference at the LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles gun buyback collects more than 2,000 weapons

LOS ANGELES — A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office says the weapons collected Wednesday included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons.

“For too long, dangerous weapons have contributed to countless unnecessary tragedies and deaths,” Mayor Villaraigosa said in a statement. “This Citywide Gun Buyback effort takes dangerous weapons off our streets and rewards Angelenos who voluntarily surrender their firearms, making our communities safer for us all.”

Long lines of cars and people showed up at two locations to exchange their weapons for supermarket gift cards of various values ranging up to $200 depending on the type of gun.

The buyback is usually held in May but was moved up in response to the Dec. 14 massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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