Thousands of Firearms to Be Destroyed at LA County’s 22nd Annual Gun Melt

Some 3,400 firearms will be melted down and turned into steel rebar for local bridges and highways Monday as part of Los Angeles County’s 22nd annual Gun Melt. The event, organized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will be held at 10 a.m. at Gerdau Street Mill, 12459-B Arrow Route in Rancho Cucamonga.

The weapons were confiscated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and 10 other law enforcement agencies, according to a department press release. Their destruction is both a substantive and symbolic move, ensuring that the guns can never again be used in the commission of a crime.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will be in attendance at Monday’s event. He will be joined by Gerdau Steel Mill Vice President and General Manager Mark Olson, who donated the furnace. Chief Paul Cooper and Captain Shelly Vander Veen of the Claremont Police Department, El Monte Police Captain Dave Vautrin, and Manhattan Beach Police Lieutenant Christian Eichenlaub will also be present. For obvious reasons, attendees are required to wear covered shoes and pants.

Read more about the 22nd annual Gun Melt here.

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