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Another Gun Buyback Event, Just In Time For Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day

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Ahhh, May. Time for spring flowers, kicking off the countdown to summer, margaritas for Cinco de Mayo and honoring our moms on Mother's Day. And it's time, once again, for a big ol' gun buyback event in the City of Los Angeles.

Announced today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, the city-wide gun buyback will take place at three locations on May 4, at which time those willing to surrender their handguns, rifles, and shotguns can score a Ralphs gift card for up to $100, and those turning in assault rifles can get gift cards of up to $200.

The weapons are turned in with "no questions asked." Authorities then research the guns to determine if they were stolen and/or used in any crimes, otherwise they are destroyed.

The gun buybacks in Los Angeles had waning success since their launch, but that did not deter city officials from having a bonus buyback event over the Christmas holidays in the wake of the Newtown massacre. That event was so well-received that the city ran out of gift cards, and brought in more weapons than the May 2012 event (including two rocket launchers!).

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Villaraigosa has previously noted it's not likely these surrendered guns would be used in crimes, but rather could be involved in accidental or self-defense shootings.

The May 4, 2013 gun buyback event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following four locations, according to City News Service:

—The Los Angeles Fire Department's Frank Hotchkin Training Academy at 1700 Stadium Way, Elysian Park
—Park & Ride Parking Lot at 1300 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Wilmington;
—Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 7900 S. Western Ave.
—Van Nuys Masonic Building Association at 14750 Sherman Way.