Gun trade in
Law enforcement personnel collect guns handed in at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Guns for Gift Cards event. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

The public turned in 90 unwanted firearms Saturday during a Guns for Gift Cards event at the South Bay Courthouse.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hosted the event, at the courthouse parking lot in Chula Vista.

Individuals received a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns and a $200 gift card for assault weapons.

All weapons collected will be processed and any firearms coming back as being involved in a crime will be referred for follow up with the appropriate law enforcement agency. If any guns are found to be stolen, the original owners will be contacted.

All remaining weapons will be destroyed, sheriff’s officials said.

Participants were asked to keep the gun in the trunk of their car and await further instructions. Other agencies that participated include the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, police departments from San Diego, Chula Vista, Coronado and National City, the Harbor police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Meanwhile, the public can turn in their unwanted weapons at any sheriff’s station or substation.

City News Service


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