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The annual gun buyback is usually held in May, but Los Angeles brought the event forward in response to the recent shootings of 26 people at a primary school in Connecticut and two firemen in New York state.
The program, which allows guns to be turned in with no questions asked saw handguns, rifles and shotguns exchanged for $100 store gift cards while assault weapons earned owners $200.
There have been 8,000 guns of different types collected since the event was introduced in 2009. Meanwhile the crime rate in the city has decreased by a third.