LAPD Gun Buybacks to be Crashed by Pro-Firearms Group Sons of Liberty LA
Mayor Villaraigosa with LAPD Chief Beck.
The city plans to offer up to $200 in gift cards for weapons turned into cops at six locations across the city Saturday (PDF).
Sounding radical and maybe even a little scary, the group states:
The City/Regime wants to condition the public to the idea that they are safer if they are defenseless, disarmed. This is a fraud. It needs to be exposed so that people, especially women will have and use the best means available to defend themselves, that usually means a firearm.
Uh, yeah, so a statement sent to the Weekly from Sons' rep Bruce Boyer says the group's attorney yesterday filed a request for a protective order from the city in federal court that would allow its members to attend the buybacks without police harassment.
Boyer says at least two members of Sons of Liberty LA, along with an attorney and a videographer, will be at each site: They will attempt to steer folks with guns in their trunks (regular handguns and rifles get $100 gift cards; assault-type weapons get $200) to gun stores where he suggests they might get much more.
Vehicles at the centers will display banners, he says:
Mayor Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Beck.
Top $$$ paid for your gun, cash!
Some of the org members will give free estimates of what the weapons are worth on the used market: The group suggests that no one would want a gift card over cash unless they're trying to get rid of evidence:
Any firearm turned in may NOT be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution. This allows criminals, murderers, to dispose of their murder weapons with 100% immunity. LAPD and the politicians know this full well, yet the still run this scam, this clearly shows their focus is political, not safety.
The Sons argue that the buybacks don't get guns off the streets -- gangsters can still get weapons, and the ones turned in are usually junkers used for parts -- but that they do get good press for politicians.
Anyway, all the fun happens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:
Central Los Angeles - Northeast Area
LAFD Fire Academy
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mid City - Olympic Area
Korean Evangelical Zion Church
2149 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Valley - Mission Area
Facey Medical Center Parking Lot
11165 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
South Los Angeles -77th Area
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
7900 South Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
South Los Angeles - Harbor Area
Park & Ride Parking Lot
1300 West Pacific Coast Highway
Wilmington, CA 90744
South Los Angeles - Southeast Area
Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church
10435 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
People bringing guns to cops with guns as gun lovers stand by and protest? Sounds like fun for the whole family.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.