Gun buyback event this weekend

Palm Springs police are hoping members of the public will come forward to turn in unwanted guns this weekend, and they’re offering an incentive.

More than 100 firearms seen here were collected last year during the Palm Springs Police Department’s gun buyback event. A similar event is scheduled for this weekend.

A no questions asked “gun buyback event” is planned for Saturday April 17 from 10 AM until 4 PM at 200 S. Civic Drive. There is no limit to the number of firearms that can be turned in anonymously by individuals. Those surrendering weapons will be given a $50 gift card for inoperable firearms, $100 in gift cards for handguns, $200 for shotguns and rifles, and $250 in gift cards for assault weapons (as classified in the State of California).

Police will verify the serial numbers for each firearm to determine whether it has been reported stolen. Stolen firearms will be returned to their owners. The remaining firearms will be taken into the police department’s property/evidence room and scheduled for destruction.

Police advise anyone choosing to participate in the program to leave their firearm in their vehicle and walk to a waiting officer and explain that you have a firearm to submit for a gift card. The officer will safely retrieve the firearm from the vehicle after which a gift card in the appropriate amount will be handed out.

A similar event last year resulted in the collection of 128 weapons, the department reported, including 58 rifles, 41 pistols, and 29 shotguns.

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