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Police collect more than 100 guns during gun buyback event in Santa Barbara

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 01:23:17-04

More than 100 firearms were collected by the Santa Barbara Police Department during an anonymous gun buyback event.

SBPD teamed up with the Coalition Against Gun Violence for Saturday’s event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted guns in Santa Barbara County.

In all, 145 firearms were collected, including four assault rifles, 61 handguns and 84 long guns, according to police, who say 84 vehicles passed through the collection point.

The guns could be exchanged for $80 gift cards from several retailers and gift cards worth $160 were given to those who turned in California-classified assault weapons.

Ammunition was also accepted at the event, but not in exchange for gift cards or money.

Free gun locks were also handed out.

Police say the purpose of the buyback was to lessen the risk of suicide, homicide and other gun violence in the community.