San Diego Police Department

San Diego gun buyback is so popular, police ran out of money

San Diego gun buyback is so popular, police ran out of money

San Diego police officers bought back 164 unwanted guns from people in South Bay on Saturday — a no-questions-asked event that proved so popular, officers ran out of the gift cards they provided in exchange for weapons.

“We ran out of money,” said Capt. Alberto Leos of the department’s Southern Division. “We gave out $25,000 in gift cards.”

He said officers had to turn away people hoping to take part in the exchange.

Officers handed out $150 in Wal-Mart gift cards for every handgun or rifle turned...

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