LA residents swap rocket launcher, guns for groceries

LA residents swap rocket launcher, guns for groceries
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck holds up a rocket launcher taken as part of a cache of weapons received as part of a weekend gun buyback program at Los Angeles Police headquarters in Los Angeles on Monday, May 14, 2012. The haul also included 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns, marking a four-year low. A local supermarket chain donated $200,000 in gift cards to give out in exchange for the guns. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles residents turned 1,673 firearms over to police during the weekend in exchange for supermarket gift cards.

The total of firearms was the lowest in the four years of the city's so-called gun buyback program.

City News Service says there were 53 assault weapons and one anti-tank rocket launcher in the haul, which was put on display Monday.

The Ralphs supermarket chain donated $200,000 in gift cards to give out in exchange for the guns

The buyback program allows weapons to be turned in anonymously.

Police say they do not take pictures of participants, record license plates or run ballistics tests on the guns.

The guns are checked for lost or stolen status and returned to their rightful owners if they are in those categories.

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