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

Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I don't understand if assault weaponrifles are so scary why you can only get $50 for them shouldn't it be the other way if they are so scary?
Komfort December 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Komfort December 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
"An NYPD officer has been arrested in connection with a months-long firearms trafficking investigation after he allegedly stole guns from his precinct to be sold on the street and arranged drug buys while on duty, authorities said." http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Police-Officer-NYPD-Arrest-Stealing-Guns-Station-Precinct-Cop-162343096.html
Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Better state police for a better police state!
Craig Maxwell December 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
"Unwanted gun"? (Oxymoron.)
Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Libi Uremovic December 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
$50 - $100 ?? are guns that cheap???
Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Stolen guns that the cops will destroy no questions asked instead of returning to their rightful owners are pretty cheap. I have some beaters to get rid of hope they have gift cards for Walmart I can save until ammo goes on sale.
Salinde December 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
No Libi, guns are not that cheap. They are expensive. Most of the guns turned in are old and or broken. There are cases where the owners just dont want them anymore (but they can be sold on Craigslist) or they turn them in here. It's a good program, but not a lot of money goes into it for obvious reasons.
Things I Learned December 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Seems like an enterprising gun dealer could set up a card table outside the buyback and offer free appraisals so people know how much they are about to throw down the toilet nobody could possibly object to that right? we don't like it when there are disparities in bargaining positions because of the corporations.
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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