A one-day gun-buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office said the weapons collected Wednesday included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons.
Long lines of cars and people showed up at two locations to exchange their weapons for supermarket gift cards worth as much as $200 depending on the type of gun.
Officials were mindful of both the massacre of students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., and a gunman’s ambush that killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y.
The buyback is usually held in May but was moved up in response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
“All of us are still mourning the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “So many young innocent children were mass-murdered in the way that they were, and now the assassination of two firefighters…just breaks the heart of so many of us, particularly in this holiday season.”
The anonymous buyback program allowed weapons to be turned in with no questions asked.