The Los Angeles City Council voted recently to create a program that would offer a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm, according to Patch.com.
“All too often, illegal weapons go unreported,” Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion, told the council before the vote.
“So the item before you will create a new reward system and an anonymous tip line to ensure that people who are aware of these weapons, these illegal weapons, will have an opportunity to safety, anonymously report them and be incentivized to do so by the existence of the reward.”
The 15-0 vote by the council directs the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to establish an Illegal Firearm Recovery Reward Program that offers $1,000 for a successful tip.
The vote also authorizes the Los Angeles Police Department to enter into an agreement with Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers to collect tips on individuals in possession of an illegal firearm, and to anonymously pay out the rewards.