In an effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands, Anaheim Police Department is hosting a gun buy-back day August 24.
“You always hear the statistic of people killed by their own weapon. We’re trying to eliminate that.” says Lieutenant Tim Schmidt; who will be spearheading that day’s events.
Schmidt, a 24 year veteran of APD, heads the Department’s gang unit and has seen his share of those cases. “A lot of times, people will have had guns in their home for so long, they kind of forget they’re there,” he starts “but burglars tend to know the hiding spots and the longer the guns been there, the easier they can be accessed by the wrong person.”
Those interested in selling their weapon will not be traced in any manner. The program is strictly voluntary – sellers will show up, hand in the weapon, and collect their reward.
Handguns turned in will receive a $100 gift card to several local stores – rifles turned in will earn a $200 gift card. Ammo will be taken, but will not earn any such reward.
After the transaction, those guns handed in will be promptly destroyed.
The event will take place at La Palma Park (North Side) from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.