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Officers and deputies collected 160 firearms throughout a gun buyback occasion in La Mesa on Saturday.

La Mesa police Lt. Katy Lynch advised OnScene TV that folks had been lined up for the 9 a.m. occasion, held on the metropolis’s Civic Middle.

Those that turned over handguns, rifles and shotguns acquired $100 present playing cards from both Goal or Shell fuel stations, officers mentioned. Individuals acquired $200 present playing cards for military-style rifles and ghost weapons, that are unserialized and untraceable firearms.

Lynch mentioned individuals are capable of hand in firearms anonymously, no questions requested, including that the occasion was a good way for folks to pocket a little bit more money in time for the vacation procuring season.

“It’s simply a good way to get undesirable weapons out of your own home and preserve these weapons off the streets,” she mentioned. “It’s a good way to cut back gun violence, and clearly it’s one thing that legislation enforcement is anxious about with respect to public security.”

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Division partnered with the La Mesa and El Cajon police departments to host the occasion.

All firearms collected on Saturday will likely be processed and screened, officers mentioned. Any which have been reported stolen will likely be returned to their registered homeowners, and weapons suspected in a criminal offense will likely be followed-up on.

The remaining weapons will likely be destroyed.

Anybody can flip in undesirable firearms at any time and at any sheriff’s station or substation, the sheriff’s division mentioned. Gun homeowners are requested to go away the firearms of their trunks till they’ve talked with a deputy.

To seek out the closest patrol station, go to bit.ly/sheriffsdcounty or name the non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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