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Anaheim Police Department hands out $14K at gun buy back

DSC_0005Anaheim Police Department officials collected about 100 unused guns from Anaheim residents this weekend, and give away over $14,000 in gift cards in return.

“We are excited about the reception of today’s program and, because of the turnout, we plan to do this again,” said Sgt. Bob Dunn.

Authorities believe giving people a way to turn in unwanted firearms is a way to make the city safer.

“These are weapons that can no longer fall into the wrong hands in our city,” said Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada. “We’ve had a couple people tell stories of their own guns being used against them.”

Lt. Tim Schmidt, a 24-year veteran, oversaw the program, held from 8a.m. until 5 p.m.

“We had several people giving us their guns say that they’d been interested in disposing their weapon, or weapons, but did not know of the proper avenue.  They were very relieved that we could take care of this for them,” said Schmidt.

Guns were processed, tagged, and organized on the spot inside APD’s Mobile Incident Command Post.

Quezada said APD is working on scheduling another gun buyback at some point in November, giving residents an opportunity to make some extra money for the holidays.