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Firearms Owners Turn in 134 at CA 'Gas For Guns' Buybacks

The Sacramento Police Department got 134 firearms at a “Gas for Guns Buyback,’’ a program aimed at getting firearms off the streets. The department, which was offering $50 gas gift cards per firearm, ran out of gift cards 45 minutes into the five-hour event, KTXL reports. Some 100 people exchanged their guns for gas money. The program required people to arrive at an area police station with the firearm unloaded and in the trunk. People who turned in their guns were not required to give their identities to the police. Among the guns received were at least one assault weapon, numerous components for “ghost guns” and multiple illegally configured firearms.


The event was meant to last from noon to 5 p.m., but the overwhelming response meant that it ended an hour early. Police continued to accept guns even after the gift cards ran out. Officers were told that a “lack of experience” with firearms and a “lack of knowledge” of the legality of guns or the inability to store the firearms safely were the main reasons they turned in their weapons. “As a department, we will continue to use innovative ideas to increase the safety of our community,” said Police Chief Kathy Lester.

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