Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to Offer Gift Cards in Exchange for Unwanted Guns

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to Offer Gift Cards in Exchange for Unwanted Guns

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies from the Lennox Station add rifles to a stockpile during a "Gun For Gift Card" exchange event in South Central Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 2009. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

12/15/2023

Updated: 12/30/2023

The Los Angeles County Sherriff Department announced it will offer gift cards in exchange for unwanted guns and firearms.
Those who want to participate in the exchange can bring unloaded firearms to the Pico Rivera City Hall located at 6615 Passons Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16, according to an Instagram post by the department.
“Exchange any unwanted gun and receive a gift card, no questions asked,” the post said.
The department will give $50 gift cards for non-working firearms or parts; $100 gift cards for working pistols, rifles, and shotguns; $200 gift cards for ghost guns—which are guns with no serial numbers—and $300 gift cards for assault rifles such as AR-15s and AK-47s.
Other guns, like those that are 3D and homemade, will be evaluated for value on the day of the event, the post said.
Firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of a vehicle, according to the post.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy John Bauer from the Lennox Station retrieves two rifles from a car during a "Gun For Gift Card" exchange event in South Central Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 2009. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy John Bauer from the Lennox Station retrieves two rifles from a car during a "Gun For Gift Card" exchange event in South Central Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 2009. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, in association with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the Oceanside Police Department, hosted a similar gun buyback event, offering $100 and $200 gift cards for firearms and ghost guns, according to local news outlet Times of San Diego.
A total of 293 unwanted firearms were turned in by the public during that event.
Any firearms found to have been involved in a crime were referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. For those found to be stolen, the original owners would be contacted, the Times of San Diego reported.
Meanwhile, all other weapons were scheduled to be destroyed.
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Micaela Ricaforte covers education in Southern California for The Epoch Times. In addition to writing, she is passionate about music, books, and coffee.

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