FILE PHOTO: LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck shows Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villiaraigosa a rocket launcher which was recovered in May 2012 in the annual
FILE PHOTO: LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck shows Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villiaraigosa a rocket launcher which was recovered in May 2012 in the annual gun buy back. (David Crane / Staff Photographer) (David Crane)

Los Angeles police will buy back peoples' guns in Van Nuys and South L.A. on Dec. 26.

Individuals who turn in their weapons will receive gift certificates of up to $200 from Ralphs supermarkets.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced this week that they moved up the annual gun buyback from Mother's Day weekend in a drive to reduce gun violence in the city.

"Cities and states must join with the federal government to do everything we can, as quickly as we can, to keep our communities safe," Villaraigosa said. "It is absolutely critical to provide Angelenos with concrete actions they can take today to make our city safer tomorrow."

Villaraigosa announced he was moving up the date of the buyback in response to the Connecticut shootings that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

The program is under the auspices of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office in partnership with the LAPD and community organizations.

Over the years, the city has collected more than 8,000 firearms.

The cost per firearm will depend on its type, up to $200 for assault weapons and up to $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit will be on site to determine the type of classification of the firearm surrendered.

The buybacks will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at two locations: The Van Nuys Masonic Temple, 14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, and the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Parking Lot 6, 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story included the wrong date of the gun buyback. The story has been corrected.