LAPD officers collect guns during the LAPD Gun Buyback Program event in Van Nuys area, north Los Angeles
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Los Angeles offers groceries in exchange for guns

27 December 2012 Last updated at 12:03 GMT

Gun owners in Los Angeles are being asked to exchange their firearms for gift cards to buy groceries.

This 'buyback' program is an annual event usually held in May, but was brought forward to December following the shootings in Connecticut.

John McManus reports.