The Los Angeles Times reports on the surprise customer who turned up at their gun exchange this week.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies expected heavy business Tuesday during the department's "gift for guns" program in Compton.
And sure enough, scores of people lined up to turn in various weapons in exchange for supermarket gift certificates.
But they were surprised at the man who pulled up in an SUV with 58 guns -- mostly small handguns but also some assault weapons. Dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, the mystery man offered his cache in a nonchalant fashion.
As is the policy for such events, the deputies asked no questions and eagerly took the guns. They don't know the man's name, and the donor declined to comment to The Times.
After unloading his weapons, the man received several thousands of dollars in supermarket coupons and drove away.
Sebastian once said he doesn't have a big problem with these exchange programs except for the fact that some valuable older guns might get collected and destroyed. That made me wonder if the cops in charge of the destruction sometimes take a thing or two out for themselves. That's what they do with the drugs and the cash they confiscate, isn't it?
To me these are wonderful programs, which although only drops in the old proverbial bucket, actually save lives.
The Compton exchange Tuesday garnered 232 guns, all of which will be destroyed. The Gift for Guns program has been a staple of the Sheriff's Department's crime reduction efforts in Compton, which has seen a drop in homicides in recent years.
Countywide, the program has taken 5,000 guns off the streets throughout L.A. County. At the Santa Clarita station earlier this year, one person dropped off a 20mm artillery shell and another person left 11 guns, including a Thompson .45-caliber submachine gun, an SKS assault rifle and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
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