Nearly 5,000 handguns, rifles and other weapons were destroyed Wednesday as part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s 21st annual Gun Melt event, authorities said.
KNX 1070’s Karen Harlow reports weapons that were confiscated in Los Angeles County and collected through the “Gift for Guns” program were melted into materials that will eventually help support the county’s infrastructure.
Interim Los Angeles County Sheriff John Scott and other law enforcement officials were on hand for the annual event at the Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga, which donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert the weapons into steel rebar to be used in construction of freeways and bridges.
Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Nicole Nishida said since the program’s inception, over 178,000 weapons have been destroyed.
“All kinds of weapons, guns that have been altered, converted Mac-10s, we have knives, rifles, pistols, revolvers,” said Nishida.