Public Safety

Exchange Guns for Gift Cards in San Marcos

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies will collect unwanted guns and exchange them for gift cards Saturday. No questions will be asked.

The exchange will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, 182 Santar Place.

The Sheriff’s Department asks that people bring the unloaded weapons in the trunks of their vehicles. A uniformed deputy or officer will provide further information at the event and make the exchange. All gift cards are for Walmart and were purchased using asset forfeiture funds from the Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside and Carlsbad Police Departments.

A rifle or shotgun can be traded for a $50 gift card, handguns for a $100 gift card and assault weapons for a $150 gift card. More than one weapon can be turned in to deputies, but each vehicle can only receive a maximum of $200 in gift cards.

All the weapons collected will be destroyed. Deputies collected 1,102 guns at two events in 2013 in San Marcos and Encinitas.

The event is being held in partnership with Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Cal State San Marcos, the California Highway Patrol,  Palomar College Police and the District Attorney’s Office.