La Mesa gun buyback event nets almost 300 firearms – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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Almost 300 firearms were turned over to authorities in La Mesa Saturday as part of a gun buyback effort, sheriff’s officials said.

A total of 293 firearms were swapped for gift cards at the event, which was held at the city’s Civic Center. Photos shared by the county Sheriff’s Department show many different types of surrendered weapons, from well-worn wood-stocked rifles and shotguns to modern semi-automatic pistols and military-style rifles.

Pistols, rifles and shotguns were exchanged for $100 gift cards. Donors received a $200 card for each military-style rifle.

The department said in a statement that all the weapons will be processed and screened. Any that have been reported stolen will be returned to their registered owners, officials said.

Any suspected of being involved in a crime will be followed-up by law enforcement, the department said. The remaining guns will be destroyed.

The Saturday event was hosted by the Sheriff’s Department, along with the District Attorney’s Office, La Mesa Police Department, El Cajon Police Department, United African American Ministerial Action Council and other community partners.

Anyone can turn in unwanted firearms at any time and at any sheriff’s station or substation, the sheriff’s department said. Gun owners are asked to leave the firearms in their vehicles until they’ve talked with a deputy.

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