SAN DIMAS — The “Gifts for Guns” collection in San Dimas was a success Saturday, authorities said, as 246 guns, including half a dozen assault weapons, were gathered, officials said.
The exchange, in which people trade firearms for gift cards good at local retailers, took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., officials said.
The event, initially scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., started an hour early as people were already lining up, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Craig Boyett said.
More than $24,000 worth of gift cards from retailers such as Walmart, Target and grocery stores were handed out, he said.
Deputies paid $100 in gift cards for most working rifles and handguns, $50 worth for non-functioning guns and $200 worth for assault weapons, Boyett said.
For information on future Gifts for Guns exchanges, visit the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site at www.lasd.org.
Area residents are invited to trade in unwanted guns for gift certificates this month as part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s “Gifts for Guns” program.
The event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25, at the Los Angeles County flood control yard located at 118 Pony Express Court, behind the sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
Participants will receive $100 gift certificates from area stores and supermarkets for most handguns, shotguns and rifles, officials said, while gift cards worth $200 are traded for assault weapons.
No questions are asked at the collection, and those turning in guns remain anonymous.
Supply of gift certificates is limited.
For more information, call the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at (909) 450-2700.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — The first day of the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station’s “Gifts for Guns” programs was a success Friday, officials said, as more than 105 guns were collected.
The event was held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a parking lot at 19725 Colima Road, near Fairway Drive.
Those who turn in handguns, rifles and shotguns received $100 gift cards from local vendors.
Assault weapons fetched $200 in gift cards.
The program will continue Saturday at the same location from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
People turning in guns remain anonymous, and no questions are asked.
The San Dimas Sheriff’s Station plans to hold their own gifts for guns program on Saturday, April 25*.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Sheriff’s officials will be exchanging gift cards for guns next month in an effort to make local neighborhoods safer, authorities said.
The “Gifts for Guns” exchange will take place April 3 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and April 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a parking lot at 19725 Colima Road, near Fairway Drive, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Those who bring guns, unloaded and in their trunks, will receive their choice of gift cards from a variety of local retailers and grocery stores while supplies last, officials said.
Gift cards worth $100 will be given for most handguns, rifles and shotguns, while $200 cards will be exchanged for assault weapons, officials added.
No questions will be asked, and participants will remain anonymous.
For more information, contact the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at (909) 595-2264.
* Photo: A Gifts for Guns exchange in Compton in December of 2008, in which a record number of guns were collected. (Courtesy of the Associated Press)