Firearms Vista Gift cards
A deputy checks in with a resident at the Vista “Guns for Gift Cards” event. Photo credit: Courtesy, Sheriff’s department

A total of 377 unwanted firearms were turned in by the public Sunday at a Guns for Gift Cards event in the Vista Traffic Court parking lot, San Diego County Sheriff’s officials said.

County residents received a $100 gift card for handguns, rifles and shotguns, or a $200 gift card for assault weapons.

All weapons collected will be processed, and any firearms coming back as being involved in a crime will be investigated by the appropriate law enforcement agency, according to the sheriff’s department.  If any guns are found to be stolen, the original owners will be contacted. All remaining weapons will be destroyed.

County residents can turn in their unwanted weapons at any sheriff’s station or substation. At the event, they were asked to keep the gun in the vehicle’s trunk and await further instructions from a deputy.

– City News Service