Guns exchanged for gift cards, skateboards at buy-back event

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SAN DIEGO — A gun buy-back event was held in the Encanto neighborhood Saturday morning, giving residents in possession of unwanted guns the opportunity to exchange the weapons for gift cards or skateboards.

The event was organized by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department and the United African American Ministerial Council.

The event was intended to honor gun violence victims and simplify the process of relinquishing a gun. Guns turned in at buy-back events are often left unsecured in homes where they no longer serve a use to the owner, increasing the chance they’re stolen or used improperly by someone else in the home, according to SDPD.

Residents are not asked questions when turning in their guns, which are required to be unloaded and still functional. Weapons should be placed in the trunk of the owner’s vehicle before arriving at the event. Law enforcement officers then sent all collected weapons to be destroyed, according to SDPD.

The buy-back was held at the Encanto Southern Baptist Church, located at 6020 Atkins Ave. Residents who chose to receive a gift card in return for turning in their guns received $100 for handguns and $200 for assault weapons.

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