San Diego police officers bought back unwanted firearms from people from South Bay on Saturday — a no-questions-asked event that was so popular, officers ran out of their gift cards that they gave in exchange for firearms.
“We ran out of money,” said police Capt. Alberto Leos of this division’s Southern Division. “We gave out $25,000 in gift cards.”
He said officers had to turn away.
Participants handed out $150 in Walmart gift cards for each and every handgun or gun. Assault weapons netted $250 in Walmart gift cards for the individual handing it over to authorities.
The funds for the gift cards came out of a partnership between the San Diego Police Department, Casa Familiar and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
The count of just how many were handguns or exactly how many were long guns will be made on Monday — but one amount was apparent: Leos stated three of the weapons were assault rifles.
The buyback ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Park and Ride on Caliente Avenue near state Route 905.
Leos said Saturday’s haul was larger than a similar event hosted a couple of months back, which he explained which drew on just 47 weapons that were unwanted.