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LA offers groceries for guns in annual buyback

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police are offering groceries for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy.

Police officials will be accepting weapons Wednesday at the LA Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple.

City News Service says weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. An automatic weapons will earn a $200 card.

The program, designed to get guns off the streets, usually is held in May. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accelerated it in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that killed 26 people at a Newton, Conn. School.

A buyback last May netted about 1,700 guns.

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