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Man Unloads 58 Guns at Gift Exchange

Man Unloads 58 Guns at Gift Exchange

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Associated Press

December 30, 2009

COMPTON, Calif.—Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies say they expected a good turnout for the department’s “gifts for guns” exchange in Compton, but even they were surprised when a man showed up with 58 guns.

After the man unloaded the weapons Tuesday, he drove away with several thousands of dollars in supermarket gift certificates in return.

Under the policy, there are no questions asked, so deputies don’t know the man’s identity, but as Lt. Anthony Lucia said, “that is 58 guns off the street.”

Lucia says most were small handguns, but some also were assault weapons.

In all, more than 230 guns were turned in Tuesday during the exchange. All will be destroyed.


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    1Tinman

    about 4 years ago

    616 Comments

    More political nonsense. "Look! we got 230 guns off the street!". Did you really? It's highly unlikely that any of the weapons turned in were 'on the streets'. They either didn't work or were replaced by something more desireable to a criminal.
    Reality check: Some of the weapons turned in were from decent citizens who wanted to get rid of the weapons anyway. No problem. Now, what about all of the ex-felons in possession that weren't questioned, or checked out. How many burglars were just rewarded for breaking into someones home and stealing their weapons? How many gang members were just rewarded for shooting other gang members and taking their weapons off the bodies?
    We're the "Police" for heavens sake... why do we keep comprimising? If we want to do a 'gift for guns' program, that's fine but let's do it without turning a blind eye to criminal acts!

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    p7196

    about 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    Well said Glock_45_4U damn well said.

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    nlcrsn

    over 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    Don t get to offended by these rifles, they werent killers. They are non functioning props or possibly rimfires, the actual photo to this article shows a different pic than this nice collection in this article. Any one familiar with the AR rifle, google this article and look at the magazine in each rifle, either they are props or converted 22's Either way someone got well paid for junk.

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    GLOCK_45_4U

    over 4 years ago

    270 Comments

    AND BY THE WAY, FOR ALL OF YOU WHO GOT EXCITED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF GUNS TURNED IN BY THIS ONE MAN, GO HOME AND LOOK AT YOUR COLLECTION OF WHATEVER, BASEBALL CARDS, COMIC BOOKS, STARWARS FIGURES OR WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT. HOW MANY ITEMS ARE IN YOUR COLLECTION? HOW MANY T-SHIRTS, SOCKS OR PAIRS OF UNDERWEAR DO YOU HAVE? HOW MANY PATCHES ARE IN YOUR PATCH COLLECTION? DO YOU REALLY NEED THAT MANY PATCHES? THE NUMBERS ARE IRRELEVANT. IF HE OR ANYONE ELSE HAD 58 OR MORE GUNS, WHATS THE BIG DEAL? BY YOUR THINKING, WHY DO YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE OF ANY ITEM YOU OWN? JUST A THOUGHT. BE SAFE.

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    GLOCK_45_4U

    over 4 years ago

    270 Comments

    THESE PROGRAMS DONT WORK. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT YOUR AVERAGE CRIMINAL TOTING A 9MM OR AN SKS WILL TURN HIS GUNS IN FOR ANYTHING? WAKE UP!!! LT. LUCIA'S COMMENT OF "THATS 58 GUNS OFF THE STREET" MAKES NO SENSE. SINCE WHEN DO GUNS POSE A THREAT? ITS NOT THE GUN, ITS THE PERSON HOLDING IT THAT MAY BE THE THREAT. IF YOU LOAD A GUN AND PLACE IT ON A TABLE, IT WILL REMAIN THERE HAVING NOT DONE ANYTHING, UNLESS SOMEONE COMES ALONG AND PICKS IT UP. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE KILLED IN CAR CRASHES EVERY YEAR THAN KILLED WITH GUNS (INCLUDING CRIMES COMMITTED WITH GUNS, SUICIDES AND UNINTENTIONAL SHOOTINGS), BUT THE MEDIA AND MANY FELLOW COPS DEMONIZE GUNS. HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANYONE GOING AFTER FORD, CHEVY OR DODGE? SOME ASK "WHY DO YOU NEED A RIFLE THAT HOLDS 30 ROUNDS"? OK, BY THE SMAE THINKING, WHY DO YOU NEED A CAR THAT GOES 140 MILES PER HOUR? THE HIGHEST LEGAL DRIVING SPEED IN THE NATION IS 70. OR HOW ABOUT THIS ONE, WHY DO YOU NEED AN SUV THAT ONLY GETS 14 MILES PER GALLON? ITS CALLED FREEDOM!! FREEDOM TO CHOOSE! FREEDOM TO OWN THINGS THAT YOU ENJOY OWNING. FREEDOM TO OWN AN AK, AN AR, A GLOCK OR A SIG IF YOU WANT. FREEDOM TO OWN AS MANY AS YOU WANT. FREEDOM TO SHOOT THEM ACCOMPANIED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO SAFELY. THE SAME APPLIES TO THE PROUD OWNERS OF CHARGERS, VETTES AND MUSTANGS. ITS NOT THE GUN, ITS THE INDIVIDUAL. AND WHAT OF THE 230 GUNS TURNED IN? THEY ARE ALL SLATED TO BE DESTROYED. NO QUESTIONS. WHY NOT RUN THE SERIAL NUMBERS FIRST AND SEE IF ANY ARE REPORTED STOLEN? WHY, BECAUSE THAT WOULD SHED POTENTIALLY BAD LIGHT ON THEIR LITTLE SOCIAL "WARM AND FUZZY" PROGRAM. HMMM, PEOPLE TURNING IN STOLEN GUNS FOR PROFIT? GETTING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN GIFT CERTIFICATES WITHOUT HAVING TO EXPLAIN OWNERSHIP? NO HASSLE FROM THE COPS? MAN, THATS BETTER ODDS THAN THE USUAL FENCING PROGRAM OF EITHER PAWNING OR SELLING/TRADING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. "HEY, LETS GO DOWN AND OFF LOAD THAT BOX FULL OF STOLEN GUNS WE'VE BEEN COLLECTING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL BURGLARIES! I HEAR THAT THEY ARE GIVNING AWAY GIFT CARDS. WE CAN FINALLY GET THAT BIG SCREEN T.V.!" HERES AN IDEA, LETS RUN THE NUMBERS, SEE IF ANY ARE REPORTED STOLEN AND DO OUR JOB BY RETURNING THE STOLEN PROPERTY TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS!! I DONT CARE IF ITS COMPTON. I DONT CARE IF ITS A "WAR ZONE" AS STATED PREVIOUSLY. DOES EITHER MEAN THAT THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS OF COMPTON DESERVE LESS THAN ANY OTHER LAW ABIDING CITIZEN IN THE COUNTRY SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR ADDRESS? IS IT NOT OUR DUTY TO RETURN PROPERTY TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS? I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANY AGENCY TRY TO DESTROY AN AUTOMOBILE AFTER ITS TOWED OFF THE INTERSTATE OR OFF OF A PUBLIC ROAD. HEY, TRY THIS ON YOUR NEXT D.U.I. ARREST, GO TO YOUR DISTRICT JUDGE AND REQUEST THAT THE OFFENDER'S VEHICLE BE CONDEMNED FOR DESTRUCTION. HE WONT NEED IT, HIS LICENSE IS SUSPENDED. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS "RIGHT TO DRIVE CARS". MAYBE WE CAN CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES. RIGHT....IF YOU WANT A PROGRAM THAT WORKS, PUT TRUTH IN SENTENCING(LIFE = LIFE, ITS THAT SIMPLE), STOP BABYING THE OFFENDER BECAUSE HE/SHE HAD A HARD LIFE (THEY ALSO HAD WHATS CALLED A "CHOICE"), STOP MAKING PRISON LIFE COMFORTABLE AND PROFITABLE (TAKE OUT THE CABLE AND THE INTERNET AND MAKE INMATES WORK FOR A LIVING), MAKE THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME (STOP GIVING AUTOMATIC PROBATION, THE MESSAGE ISN' GETTING THROUGH!) AND STOP GLORIFYING AND GLAMORIZING THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT IN MAINSTREAM ENTERTAINMENT (DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR CHILD TO TRY BEING A GANGSTER OR DRUG DEALER SO THAT SOMEDAY HE/SHE CAN HOPE TO BE A POPULAR ACTOR OR SINGER?). THAT WOULD BE A GOOD START. JUST ONE MAN'S OPINION, THANKS FOR READING. STAY SAFE.

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    Hardcopy69

    over 4 years ago

    6082 Comments

    "The right to bare arms" is our right as a citizen of the United States.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    DonnaLynn I completly agree with you. mine will stay right here thank you.

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    kaiger22

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    I have to give this man a hand for being a civilian, and having that many firearms, and truly trusting the medias report of a "no questions asked" gun exchange policy. This is truly hard for the average person,nowadays, with so much mistrust in policing procedures, people don't believe what they hear. If LA County Sheriff's really wanted to they could have had a patrol find out where he resided and turned the information into the Department of Homeland Security, due to the threat level, to do a full and complete check on all the serial numbers. Under the current Homeland Security Directive-3, on the United States terrorism Alert Advisory System, when the threat reaches the yellow level, there is a directive that is written, that in the event there is a certain threat that is detected by a federal,state, or private sector, there could be increased patrol to certain locations. The current level is at the elevated level and that is yellow. The next sub-text of the directive states, that after a threat has been identified, and the threat level raised to red, if need be, there will be an increased redirecting of personnel to accommodate the critical emergency needs. There will be emergency response personnel mobilization, or specially trained teams or resources. If the threat is to be determined to be imminent or possible, which 58 firearms could raise red flags to authorities even when "no questions are asked", there is a possibility that the State agency can turn over the threat awareness to other state agencies, private sector affiliates, or Federal agencies, within the Department of Homeland Securities sectors. This can be reviewed for a period of 45 days from the date of the directive to seek the views of government officials, and at all levels of public interest groups and the private sector on the proposed Homeland Security Advisory System. After the first review period, there can be an additional 135 days, after the initial consultation, for a possible coordination with the assistant to the President for Homeland Security, this is to bring into consideration all the views received during the comment period, this then can be recommended to the President in writing, for a proposal refinement to The Homeland Security Advisory System. This has come into effect since 9/11/2001. Since assault rifles are also banned for civilian use in California, this could be misconstrued by the Homeland Security, or a feeling from a well trained Federal Agent to catch, which these Agents are bound by different arresting laws and special interest Protocols, can investigate into the excessive amount of weapons that were surrendered to State Authorities. This can double check the weapons place of origins, the actual purchasing owner, if it was stolen and if it has been used in the commission of another crime by using ballistic and or forensic examination methods. This is just a possibility under the laws that are currently in effect. There could be the other side of it too, all the weapons that were turned in could have been purchased legally and the man just didn't want the responsibility of having an excessive amount of firearms in his dwelling any longer, or to a dwindling mental health condition that no longer allows the man to legally possess a firearm in California. There also could be that the man got arrested and convicted on a felony and the court Magistrate proceeded to insert the "no firearms or ammunition" clause into his arrest record. There could be many possibilities for this situation, it all depends on the Policing Agencies authority and or jurisdiction and the tenacity or the officers.

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    jrnelsen

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Ownership of firearms by law abiding citizens? What if the law changes? You wouldn't have been a law abiding citizen if you were caught harboring a Jew in Nazi Germany during WWII. Am I supposed to give up my guns because someday, owning one becomes ILLEGAL or the law becomes an absurdity, fashioned in which the common man becomes criminal and cannot own one if convicted of a crime (sort of like today)?

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    hamtyl07

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    its good to get these off the street, doing this in turns makes it some what less difficult for us legal owners to purchase a firearm these gun laws only hurt the poeple who obtaine firearms legally

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    MCS214

    over 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    I'm all for responsible ownership of firearms, by law abiding citizens. Compton on the other hand is something short of a warzone. Most of the weapons collected wouldn't be kind that anyone would want (missing serial numbers, altered barrel lengths, etc). So, a few guns out of the hands of these knuckleheads could be a good thing.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    ...The only armed ones will be the criminals. Nice way to disarm the public. They can have my weapons when they pry them out of my cold dead hands.

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    delvic_25

    over 4 years ago

    372 Comments

    that guy is a gun collector

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    jakester

    over 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    Hmmm, maybe I should put a Food for Guns sign up in my front yard. Anybody willing to trade their .357 for a drumstick???

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    Moen_85

    over 4 years ago

    686 Comments

    I don't think they should be destroyed there are plenty of law abiding citizens in this country who could use them for hunting or recreational use

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