Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer Joe Buscaino, also a city council member in Los Angeles, California, holds an assualt weapon, one of several turned in, ahead of a news conference. Hundreds of gun owners waited for hours to exchange their weapons for gift cards on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Area. The mayor's office as well as police department officials see the program as part of a strategy that has attributed to a reduction in gun-related crimes in recent years. Nearly 8,000 guns have been surrendered since the program was initiated in 2009.
(Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
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