Dozens trade in guns to police for gift cards, skateboards

SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNN) - Dozens of people in San Diego got rid of their unwanted guns on Saturday in exchange for gifts.

One after the other, guns were handed over to officers and deputies.

Piles of weapons were stacked on tables, all dropped off by citizens in exchange for gift cards and for some skateboards.

The line of cars was backed up around the block for hours.

In that line was Tim Minor, who dropped off a gun he had lying around.

"I'm not the guy with a gun going around holding up whiskey stores. I'm the guy who gets the guns stolen from," Minor said.

And it's happening a lot.

San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman says this year alone more than 150 weapons have been stolen in burglaries.

To prevent that, she says events like this are key.

"It's all about the unwanted, unsecured guns, people don't know what to do with them," Zimmerman said.

And because of events like this, guns like a machine gun that was turned in won't be back on the street.

Don Frye dropped off this Uzi. He got it when it was still legal to own one.

"I have no use for it. If somebody breaks into your house  -- or something. I figured it was time to part with it," Frye said.

And even though this was a no questions asked exchange officers said they will still check to see if they're stolen or if they come up linked to any crimes.

Those who brought in pistols, rifles and shotguns received $100 worth of credit each.

Assault rifles fetched about $200 each.


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