“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.
Thanks to all those who participated in today’s Gun Buyback Event. 164 guns were turned, with no questions asked! We gave $25,000 in gift cards in return. Direct message us if you’re interested in info on our next event! @SDDistAtty @CasaFamiliar pic.twitter.com/hHi70blo0E
— San Diego Police (@SanDiegoPD) December 2, 2017
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