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Give Up Guns, Get Gift Cards

Take your guns Dec. 21 to Euclid Avenue in San Diego and the Sheriff's Department will give you a $50-$100 grocery store gift card.

If you have an unwanted gun, you can turn it in and get a gift card in return, no questions asked.

The Sheriff's Department is participating with the United African American Ministerial Action Council in the Guns for Gift Cards program this Friday, December 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 415 Euclid Avenue, San Diego. 

The Sheriff's Department utilized $10,000 in asset forfeiture funds to purchase the gift cards. Since the collaboration started four years ago, 851 weapons and ammunition have been taken off the streets of San Diego County.

The guns have to work. $50 will be given for shotguns and rifles, $100 for hand guns and assault weapons. There is a limit of one gift card per vehicle. The gift cards can be redeemed at area grocery stores.

Anyone participating should place the unloaded firearms in the trunk of their cars. A uniformed police officer will give instructions at the location.

All weapons collected will be destroyed.

–San Diego Sheriff's Department Press Release

Komfort December 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Occupy Buy Back!!!
Jon Hall December 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Libi --- it is a great opportunity for a public display to show everyone how *they* are working to make *us* safer --- by ridding the streets of old useless double action pistols, bolt rifles, and guns with worn out barrels (like tends to happen on the SKS) But hey --- $100 goes a long way towards Christmas dinner --- unless you are dumb enough to flash it in the wrong place --- then it may just belong to someone who didn't turn their gun in ...
Erika Lowery December 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Isn't this almost an semi or annual occurrence? I remember reading about another one of these not too long ago. Over four year 851 guns were off the street. That is about 212 per year. At $50 per gun that is over $10k. I hope they don't plan on having many $100 guns. If they run out of gift cards, there might be a weapons war there. Basic math. Government should learn it. (I know, they are probably products of the public school system and I should give them some leeway.)
Ed Sorrels December 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
LOL, Lot's of leeway !
Erika Lowery December 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
LIbi: Warning, this was another budget buster... According to Channel 7, there were more than 350 guns turned in. So even at $50 gift card per gun that is over $17,500. Ahhhh governmental math. "Close estimation" used very loosely. Good news - no reports of people using the guns when there no more gift cards. On a sidenote- I wonder if the police see if any of these guns were used in any crimes... they might actually get evidence. But that would be common sense, something else government seems to lack.


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