A gun buyback program that trades gift cards for firearms netted nearly 1,700 weapons in Los Angeles, including 40 assault-style weapons and a rifle with a grenade launcher, officials said Monday.
The grenade launcher AR-15 rifle, which did not have a grenade in it, was delivered to the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga station over the weekend as officers across the city distributed gift cards for handguns, rifles and shotguns.
The anonymous drop-off program netted AR-15s, Uzis and AK-47s. The weapons were stacked in a parking lot at police headquarters Monday morning.
"We were surprised at the quality of some of the weapons," said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
Stolen weapons will be returned to their legal owners, and the rest will be destroyed
Officials handed out more than 1,300 gift cards Saturday worth $130,200 for Ralphs grocery stores and Visa credit in exchange for weapons.