If you have an unwanted gun, you can turn it in and get a gift card in return, no questions asked. The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station is hosting a Guns for Gift Cards event this Saturday.
When: Saturday, October 24th, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, 182 Santar Place, San Marcos, 92069 (map)
$50 – rifles/shotguns
$100 – handguns
$150 – assault weapons
$200 maximum per vehicle
Sheriff Bill Gore is available for interviews at 8:00 a.m.
There is a limit of $200 worth of gift cards per vehicle. The gift cards can be redeemed at Walmart stores. The Sheriff’s Department utilized $25,000 in asset forfeiture funds to purchase the gift cards. Oceanside and Carlsbad Police also contributed $2,500 and $1,000 in asset furfeiture funds to purchase the gift cards.
Anyone participating should place the unloaded firearms in the trunks of their cars. A uniformed deputy or officer will give instructions at the location. All weapons collected will be destroyed.
The event is being held in partnership with Oceanside, Carlsbad, Cal State San Marcos, CHP, Escondido, Palomar College Police, as well as the District Attorney’s Office.