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'Gifts for Guns' nets 653 firearms in first weekend

SCV station slates surrender event April 18-19

Posted: March 31, 2009 6:35 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2009 3:35 p.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- Residents surrendered 653 guns, including one grenade, Saturday and Sunday during the first weekend of a two-month expansion of Los Angeles County's "Gifts for Guns" program.

The program allows county residents to anonymously and safely turn in guns and firearms to law enforcement. Since Sheriff Lee Baca began the program in 2005, more than 3,000 guns and firearms have been surrendered in exchange for gift cards.

A firearm that's no longer working can be exchanged for a $50 gift card, working firearms are worth a $100 card, and an assault weapon is exchanged for a $200 card. The gift cards can be used at Target, Walmart, Food-4-Less and Ralphs.

The program's first three collection events were held on March 28 and 29:
* Norwalk Sheriff Station: 197 firearms, including one grenade
* Century Sheriff Station: 143 firearms
* Lancaster Sheriff Station: 313 firearms

More Gifts for Guns collection events are slated for the next two months, including the Santa Clarita Valley station April 18-19. Upcoming dates, times and locations include:

April 4-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Palmdale Sheriff Station
* Carson Sheriff Station
* Walnut Sheriff Station

April 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Santa Clarita Sheriff Station
* Lomita Sheriff Station (April 18 only)
* Lakewood Sheriff Station

April 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Altadena Sheriff Station
* San Dimas Sheriff Station

May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station
* Marina del Rey Sheriff Station

May 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
East Los Angeles Sheriff Station
* Lennox Sheriff Station
* Industry Sheriff Station

May 22-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lost Hills Sheriff Station (May 23 only)
* Avalon Sheriff Station (May 22 only)

May 30-31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Temple Sheriff Station
* Compton Sheriff Statio
* Pico Rivera Sheriff Station

Specific details for each collection event are available by contacting the individual stations.


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