San Diego gun buyback so successful police turn gun owners away

San Diego gun buyback so successful police turn gun owners away:

The San Diego Police Department’s no-questions-asked gun buyback was so successful that officers “ran out of money” and had to send people back home with their firearms.

“We ran out of money,” said police Capt. Alberto Leos of the department’s Southern Division as cited by The San Diego Tribune. “We gave out $25,000 in gift cards.”

San Diego police reportedly bought back a total of 164 guns Saturday, up from the 47 that were handed in at a similar event earlier this year. Officers running the event handed out a $150 Walmart gift card per handgun or rifle handed in.

So-called “assault weapons” or semi-automatic rifles were worth $250 in gift cards. By mid-afternoon, officers had to turn people away. “Explosives, ammunition or inert devices” were not accepted at the event.

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