Skip to main content

L.A. Gun Buyback Brings in Rocket Launcher

Gun buybacks are nothing new. For years, local law enforcement agencies have hosted events that entice gun owners to trade in their (sometimes illegal) sidearms in exchange for cash or gift cards, no questions asked, in an effort to get illegally owned guns off the street.

Typically, you would think of a few handguns being turned in. Some rifles and shotguns would pop up, sure, and it really shouldn't be a surprise to see a few assault weapons turned in.

But anti-tank weaponry? That's another story.


Believe it or not, a recent Los Angeles gun buyback brought in a military-style rocket launcher -- thankfully not loaded -- among over 1,600 other weapons.


Gun owners were offered gift cards from Ralphs or Visa, worth $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons.

With weapons like that, practicality is obviously not a concern, noted L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"You're not hunting ducks with this stuff," Villaraigosa told the Los Angeles Times. "Too often, these weapons are used to hunt and shoot down people -- and that is why we are here today."

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck reiterated the purpose of the program is to bring in illegal or unwanted guns. He said while he has "no problem" with legal and responsible gun ownership, weapons that fall outside the realm are the most likely to cause problems.


"Your homes are safer without unwanted guns," Beck said.

What's your opinion of gun buybacks? 

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

All About .300 Blackout

All About .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. Next, we pit subsonic rivals against each other before stretching the legs of this CQB round out to 600 yards from a short 9-inch barrel.

Guns & Ammo TV: Springfield Armory XD-M 10mm

Guns & Ammo TV: Springfield Armory XD-M 10mm

In this “At The Range” segment, Guns & Ammo Editor Eric Poole and Senior Field Editor Craig Boddington look over the features of the XD-M.

Trijicon

Trijicon's New Specialized Reflex Optics (SRO)

The Trijicon SRO is specifically designed for pistol use. The wide field of view and clean, crisp dot makes it easy for users to find and track the dot in both target and competitive shooting applications.

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick Sweeney compare the visibility of red and green lasers in outdoor, sunny conditions.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Taurus TX22 rimfire shoots like no other.Taurus TX22 Rimfire Review Reviews

Taurus TX22 Rimfire Review

Eric Poole - May 23, 2019

The Taurus TX22 rimfire shoots like no other.

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market.Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review Handguns

Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review

James Tarr - April 17, 2019

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market.

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick Sweeney compare the visibility of red and green lasers in outdoor, sunny conditions. Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light Accessories

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

Guns & Ammo Staff - August 24, 2020

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick...

The Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan is arguably the best production-grade precision hunting rifle available.Review: Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan Rifles

Review: Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan

Joseph von Benedikt - March 25, 2019

The Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan is arguably the best...

See More Trending Articles

More News

We have identified five state gun laws that are likely to be the law of the land if Democrats take control of the Legislative and Executive branches of government.5 State Gun Laws That Could Go National Politics

5 State Gun Laws That Could Go National

Guns & Ammo Staff - October 26, 2020

We have identified five state gun laws that are likely to be the law of the land if Democrats...

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.NSSF: Misleading Story on Gun Ownership Chases Own Tail

NSSF: Misleading Story on Gun Ownership Chases Own Tail

Elizabeth McGuigan - July 29, 2020

Perspective from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Guns & Ammo goes on location at Independent Studio Services (ISS) to examine the guns used by actor Chris Hemsworth as “Captain Mitch Nelson” ODA 595's commander, in the movie “12 Strong” (2018). The film was based on Doug Stanton's non-fiction book “Horse Soldiers,” which told the story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.Guns & Ammo TV: Guns of '12 Strong' Industry

Guns & Ammo TV: Guns of '12 Strong'

Guns & Ammo Staff - August 07, 2020

Guns & Ammo goes on location at Independent Studio Services (ISS) to examine the guns used by...

Support from the firearm industry continues to build as we learn how to serve those who are serving us. Once we recover from coronavirus' aftermath, I hope that we never forget the businesses who have chosen to be there for America's heroes unconditionally. Thank You – A Salute to First Responders News

Thank You – A Salute to First Responders

Eric R. Poole - August 18, 2020

Support from the firearm industry continues to build as we learn how to serve those who are...

See More News

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now