New firearms reporting program could yield up to $1,000 for tips

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The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday established an anonymous tip line for reporting illegal firearms that could yield financial rewards for tipsters.

Councilman Paul Krekorian introduced the motion creating the tip line and said information that leads to the seizure of illegal weapons could net callers a reward of $1,000. The city has set aside $25,000 to fund the program, which Krekorian said comes after the discovery of 25 unregistered firearms in his San Fernando Valley district.

According to Krekorian, the unregistered firearms were discovered in the home of a man convicted of domestic violence. He lived in an area targeted by burglars, just a few blocks from a local elementary school. Before the program was unanimously approved by the City Council, Krekorian said during a City Council meeting Tuesday he hoped it would lead to safer streets and more weapons safely turned in.

“I’m so grateful that this council has taken action to ensure that we have safe storage [of firearms] in this city,” Krekorian said.

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