H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Dec 27, 2012 10:49 AM by Associated Press

LA officials find gun exchange brings out big crowds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long lines of cars and people formed Wednesday to take advantage of a guns-for-groceries exchange program in Los Angeles that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that police officers filled bins with more than 1,500 rifles and handguns outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the program comes as they are still mourning the victims of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the shooting deaths of two firefighters in New York state.

The anonymous buyback program allowed weapons to be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns could be exchanged for $100 grocery store gift cards. Assault weapons earned a $200 card.

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