Walter Mencken 2:02 p.m., June 25
Guns for groceries trade offered by Sheriff's Department
No-questions-asked event offers to trade guns for grocery store gift cards this Friday
Looking for a way to get a few extra bucks for groceries this holiday season? Have a gun? The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has got a deal for you.
This Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. deputies will be hosting another round of its occasional “Guns for Gift Cards” program, and will be partnering with the United African American Ministerial Action Council at 415 Euclid Avenue in San Diego to facilitate a no-questions-asked exchange.
The Sheriff’s Department used $10,000 in asset forfeiture funds to purchase gift cards to local grocery outfits, and will be offering $50 for shotguns and rifles or $100 for handguns or assault weapons. The only catch: the guns have to work, and have to be brought to the site unloaded, stored in the trunk of a car.
Since starting the program four years ago, the program has resulted in the voluntary forfeiture of 851 weapons and an unspecified amount of ammunition. All firearms collected during the exchange will be destroyed.
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