More than 4,661 weapons confiscated from criminals in Los Angeles County were collected by the “Gifts for Guns” exchange program and destroyed on Wednesday.
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Annually, Gerdau Steel Mill, located in Rancho Cucamonga, donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert these weapons into steel rebar.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works also donates the trucks every year that transport the weapons to the Mill.
These weapons will be melted into steel reinforcing bar (rebar) and ultimately transformed into elements of construction for upgrades in freeways and bridges in Arizona, California and Nevada.
“Our partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department allows us the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community,” said Mark Olson, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau Mill in Rancho Cucamonga. “Gerdau is melting materials that could otherwise damage our community and transforming them into steel that will be repurposed to create the buildings, roads and bridges we use daily.”
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This year, twelve law enforcement agencies contributed confiscated weapons to this program.
These agencies include Downey Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, South Gate Police Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, El Monte Police Department, West Covina Police Department, Gardena Police Department, South Pasadena Police Department, Manhattan Beach Police Department, UCLA Police Department, Department of Motor Vehicles Police Department and Pasadena Police Department.
“The continuous partnership with Gerdau Steel Mill has allowed law enforcement to destroy thousands of weapons that will never be used again to
commit crimes on the streets of Los Angeles County,” said Rogers. “The guns that are being destroyed today have been collected throughout the year and are a great example of the hard work of law enforcement officers in the communities we serve. Since the inception of the Gun Melt Program we have destroyed a total of 178,167 weapons.”
Story courtesy of SCVNews
Source: Santa Clarita News