Long Beach
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Update 10/7/21:

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On Oct. 2, 2021, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) hosted a Gun Buy Back event at Veterans Park where community members were able to turn in their firearm(s) to receive a gift card.

All firearms were turned in on a voluntary and anonymous basis. Through this event, firearms surrendered were as follows:

  • 137 handguns
  • 123 long guns (including shotguns)
  • 20 zip guns
  • 280 total firearms, including 13 assault weapons

Original News Release Posted  9/18/2021: 

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The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is hosting a Gun Buy Back event on Oct. 2, 2021 where community members can turn in their firearm(s) to receive a gift card.

Gift cards will be valued as follows: $50 for non-functioning firearms; $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns; $200 for assault rifles.

In response to an increase in violent crime in the City of Long Beach, the LBPD has taken a multi-faceted approach to reducing gun violence in our community. This effort includes the creation of the Coordinated Response Team, ongoing efforts to seize firearms from prohibited possessors, and using a data-driven approach to strategically deploy resources in affected areas.

This Gun Buy Back event is another effort by the Police Department to reduce the number of guns in the community by giving residents an opportunity to surrender their guns anonymously. Through hosting this event and providing incentive for our community members to surrender their firearms, the Department will eliminate the chance of these firearms being stolen, ending up in the hands of prohibited possessors, and being used unlawfully.

Residents will drive to and enter the event with the unloaded firearm(s) in their vehicle’s trunk. Detectives will recover the firearm from the trunk of the vehicle while the resident remains in the car. Residents will then receive their gift card(s). All firearms will be placed under the possession of the Department’s Forensics Science Services Division.

A research team from California State University, Long Beach will be conducting anonymous surveys to better understand public participation in the Gun Buy Back event.

Event Details

Date: Oct. 2, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th Street, Long Beach, CA

Contact: For questions regarding the event, contact Media Relations at (562) 570-5273 or LBPDMediaRelations@longbeach.gov.