Law enforcement personnel work at the Guns for Gift Cards event in Chula Vista. Photo credit: Courtesy, San Diego County Sheriffs Department

The public turned in a total of 301 unwanted firearms at Saturday’s Guns For Gift Cards event at the South Bay Courthouse.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with law enforcement and community partners at the courthouse parking lot in Chula Vista.

At the five-hour event, people received a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns. The gift-card amount doubled for assault weapons.

All weapons collected were processed and any firearms coming back as being involved in a crime will be referred for investigation.

If any guns are found to be stolen, the original owners will be contacted. The department plans to destroy any remaining weapons.

The sheriff’s department partnered with several agencies, including police departments from San Diego, Chula Vista, Coronado and National City. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and Harbor Police joined in as well.

The sheriff’s department plans another Guns for Gift Cards event at 9 a.m. Nov. 13 at the La Mesa Civic Center.

– City News Service

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