The city of Los Angeles collected guns Saturday as part of its annual no questions asked Gun Buyback Program.
They also collected a piece of weaponry that had even seasoned officers scratching their heads.
The event was held until 1 p.m. at two separate locations in Los Angeles. People could sell their guns to the city anonymously.
Sellers qualified to receive a $100 Target gift card for surrendering handguns, shotguns and rifles. Those selling assault rifles qualified for a $200 gift card.
According to the city, the firearms had be unloaded in a locked container, or stored in their vehicle’s trunk.
The two buyback locations were the Los Angeles Sports Arena, located at 3939 S. Figueroa St. in South Los Angeles, and the Facey Medical Group, located at 1165 Sepulveda Blvd. in Mission Hills.
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Los Angeles police officials at the buyback event taking place at the L.A. Sports Arena.
CBS 2’s Joy Benedict spoke to mane people returning firearms, including people who drove an hour.
Steve Fish and his wife drove to Exposition Park from Orange County to unload two rifles — they said they had four very important reasons to unload the guns. Their grandchildren.
“They’re over all the time,” Fish said.
He’s glad the guns won’t get into the wrong hands out side his home either.
“The thought that our rifles end up being used in a crime or hurting someone? That’s not a good thing.”
Some of the people returning weapons have been victims of gun violence.
“My house was broken into three times and they robbed me at a liquor store we owned,” said Dorothy Whitfield.
In years past, authorities said they are aren’t really surprised about what people will turn in — ammo, assault weapons, even an Uzi.
“Every year, somebody opens up their trunk and our people say, ‘Haven’t seen one of those before.’” says LAPD Sgt. Jack Richter.
This year, it was a military-grade rocket launcher.
Heckler & Koch, the German weapons manufacturer, has been dubbed Germany’s “deadliest company” after an estimated 2 million people have been killed by their guns. However, H&K is now working to put that trend to rest.
According to The Guardian, the company is making strides to ensure that their firearms no longer get sold into war zones or countries that violate corruption and democracy standards, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, or any African countries.
Company officials have said they will now only sell to “green countries,” which they defined as: membership of Nato or “Nato-equivalent” (Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand); Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index; and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index.
This move by Heckler & Koch is intriguing, especially since back in 2010, the company got caught illegally selling its high-powered G36 assault rifles to Mexico.
On September 11, 2001, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney in an F-16 at Andrews Air Force Base. She had her orders. She was to take down down United Airlines Flight 93. The hijacked plane was headed toward Washington DC. Three other planes had hit targets in New York and Washington, and Flight 93 was destined to become the fourth.
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Penney was the second combat pilot in the air that morning. The idea of shooting down a civilian aircraft, even a hijacked one, was troublesome enough–but Penney had no missiles or live ammunition. All she had were her orders and her plane. She was going to take the plane down the hard way.
“We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Penney said of the surreal moment. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”
Ten years after the event, Penney began talking openly about that day.
Penney was one of the first female combat pilots. She now works for at Lockheed Martin, where she helps direct the F-35 program.“We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” she said.
On that Tuesday in 2001, there were no planes standing by ready to defend the skies over Washington. Not a single plane equipped for a dogfight.
“There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” said Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react.”
It would take an hour or more to arm a plane, and that process was begun, but they needed pilots in the air immediately.
“Lucky, you’re coming with me,” said Col. Marc Sasseville, her commanding officer.
“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.
“I’ll take the tail.” And with that, the two skipped their pre-flight checks and took off.
“We don’t train to bring down airliners,” said Sasseville. He’s now stationed at the Pentagon. “If you just hit the engine, it could still glide and you could guide it to a target. My thought was the cockpit or the wing.”
Sasseville’s plan was to maneuver the faster, more agile F-16 into the commercial airliner with enough time to eject. That timing, though, would require split-second perfection.
“I was hoping to do both at the same time,” he said. “It probably wasn’t going to work, but that’s what I was hoping.”
“If you eject and your jet soars through without impact,” Penney said, thinking back. She wasn’t going to try to eject.
In the end, they didn’t have to make the sacrifice. United 93 went down in Pennsylvania. Passengers aboard the plane fought back against the hijackers, and crashed in an isolated field.
“The real heroes are the passengers on Flight 93 who were willing to sacrifice themselves,” Penney said. “I was just an accidental witness to history.”
When asked why she was willing to fly a kamikaze mission, Penney doesn’t hesitate. “Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States. Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie; these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America, binds us together in citizenship and community and brotherhood.”
Officers responded to the restaurant on W. 117th street at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday morning for a report of a robbery with shots fired.
When police arrived, they found a suspect with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. The suspect later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.
The US House of Representatives recently has passed their version of the 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act ). Within, it included a provision that will mandate the release of all the M1911 handguns that are currently in US Army inventory to the CMP (the Civilian Marksmanship Program), for a further distribution to eligible US civilians. This new bill would overwrite the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which allowed for the release of 10,000 of the pistols but, fortunately, did not mandate it. Read more
Law enforcement officers got to test out the “Drone Killer”. The device can either drop a drone to the ground immediately or have it return to the operator so an arrest can be made.
Law enforcement have been taking aim and shooting down drones as new technology is targeting these flying threats.
Colombian entrepreneur Miguel Caballero, designer of a bulletproof clothing line, demonstrated the viability of his product on an unlikely target: his wife — and this wasn’t the first time he’d done it.
Caballero’s MC Armor clothing line recently expanded its market to the U.S., and to demonstrate his product’s design, Caballero and his wife, Carolina Ballesteros, filmed an attention-grabbing promotional video.
It was a scene right out of a Wild West movie where the hombres on horseback ride into a Texas border town in the dead of night and gallop down Main Street, firing indiscriminately.
However this was no movie and the horses these thugs were driving was a Nissan Altima and that fabled Main Street was Glenburnie Drive, in North Houston, Texas.
Many American presidents have kept prized possessions within reach during their White House years. Franklin D. Roosevelt cherished a 19th century ship model of the U.S.S. Constitution. One of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s favorite gifts was an engraved Steuben glass bowl from his cabinet. And sitting on John F. Kennedy’s desk in the Oval Office was a paperweight made from a coconut shell he had carved with a distress message after his PT-109 was sunk during World War II.
Veteran, comedian, internet star, and entrepreneur Mat Best is back with another great commercial for Black Rifle Coffee.
If you love coffee as much as the 2nd Amendment and don’t mind offending gun control advocates, you’ll love this video.
Evan Hafer, an Army Special Forces veteran and Black Rifle Coffee CEO, started roasting coffee in Colorado as a side job between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he plans to expand his company to bring more jobs to the 2.5 million post-9/11 veterans.
With the help of other veterans like Mat Best, Black Rifle Coffee has been spreading the word about their brand through funny videos like the one below.
WARNING: If you’ve ever needed to use a safe space for a good cry, you’re going to have a bad time.