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Guns For Gift Cards Exchange Enters Its Fifth Year

Above: Organizers at the 2011 guns for gift cards exchange collect guns from San Diegans.

Aired 12/21/12 on KPBS News.

Community leaders in Southeast San Diego are hoping free gift cards will entice people to turn in their guns. The guns for gift cards exchange takes place tomorrow.

— The guns for gift cards exchange takes place tomorrow. This is the event’s fifth year.

Organizers said they take in an average of 200 guns each year.

San Diego Sheriff’s Department Commander Mike Barletta said people come from throughout the county to drop off their guns, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards. Barletta said the program solves a common problem.

"Frequently people have guns in their homes that they no longer want to have or feel the need to have," he said. "And they’re looking for a way to get rid of those, not realizing that law enforcement would be happy to accept them and have those destroyed."

This year, participants can get either $50 or $100 gift cards, depending on the type of gun they turn in. Barletta said cards are purchased with money the Sheriff’s Department has recovered during drug seizures.


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tjsbanshee | December 20, 2012 at 6:40 p.m. ― 2 years ago

I heard about this on my drive home this evening and went online when I arrived at home. I heard on the radio that this will take place on Friday, 12/21. The one HUGE piece that is missing from this story about this fantastic event is the LOCATION and TIME that I will take place.

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tjsbanshee | December 20, 2012 at 6:44 p.m. ― 2 years ago

I just found it on FOX5's web site... The United African-American Ministerial Action Council’s fourth annual gun exchange is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 415 Euclid Avenue.

The group will give $50 gift cards for shotguns and rifles. Assault weapons and handguns can be exchanged for $100 cards. The guns have to work.

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Missionaccomplished | December 21, 2012 at 8:35 a.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

I am reminded here of the scene in Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES where there is a tracking shot of a lot of armed villains lined up. lol

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