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Published on March 04, 2024
San Diego Sheriff's Department Hosts No-Questions-Asked Gun Safety Event in Lemon GroveSource: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Big Apple residents looking to offload their unwanted firearms have a prime opportunity this weekend, as authorities are set to host a Gun Safety Event in Lemon Grove, offering gift cards in exchange for guns.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is spearheading this event in collaboration, with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, La Mesa Police Department, and state corrections and probation departments, in a sweeping effort to make the streets safer. Interested gun owners can stop by the First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove on March 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to swap their guns for a little extra spending money.

Guns must be functional to qualify for the trade-in, where organizers are dishing out $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns and $200 for assault weapons and ghost guns. Participants can expect anonymity and a hassle-free exchange as officials promise a "no questions asked" policy. All weapons collected at the event are destined for destruction.

Officials will also be handing out free gun cable locks and security boxes for those simply looking to secure the guns they keep. These items are first come, first serve, an enticing push for gun owners to take responsible steps toward preventing accidents and unauthorized access to their firearms at home.

Instructions for the gun drop-off indicate that firearms should be unloaded and placed in the vehicle's trunk before arrival, where deputies or officers will then provide further guidance. More details, including an event flyer in English and Spanish, can be found on the San Diego County Sheriff's Department website.

Anyone needing additional information or looking to make media inquiries can reach out to Sammy Castañon at the Sheriff's Media Relations office. And to keep up with the latest from the Sheriff's Department, gun safety advocates can follow them on social media, where they're active on platforms including Twitter and Instagram under the handle @SDSheriff.