More than 5,000 weapons collected in various buyback programs were melted down into steel rebar Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Officials from the
The mill annually donates its furnace and workers for the event, the department said.
The sheriff's department's buyback program -- which offers grocery store gift cards in exchange for weapons -- began in Compton in 2005. Now several municipalities offer such events throughout the year.
Most recently, sheriff's officials received 152 firearms at a June buyback in East L.A.