City Council Votes To Explore Gun Buy Back Program

On Tuesday, January 22, the City Council voted to support a motion by 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal and co-sponsored by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, and 8th District Councilmember Al Austin to look into the feasibility of the creation of a gun buyback program in the City of Long Beach. The item requests that the City Manager work with the Chief of Police to explore the creation of a "Gun Buy Back" program, to seek opportunities for grants and other funding sources, and to report back to the City Council with a recommendation within 90 days. The program should offer various incentives in exchange for surrendered firearms.

 

 

While the discussion on gun control is imminent in Congress, communities around the country, like Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; are doing their part to help take weapons off the streets and out of the hands of criminals. This Tuesday, the Long Beach City Counjoi took a major step in that direction. 

Violent gang crime costs the taxpayers and victims more than $2 billion every year in LA County. If gang homicides were reduced by 20% every year for five years, $100 million would be saved. (Advanced Project 2005)

Gun Buy-back programs are a creative way to encourage community ownership and to diminish the overall number of firearms in the community.

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