Sacramento Police Department to host another ‘Gun Buyback’ event this fall

Following the success of its recent “Gas for Guns” buyback event, the Sacramento Police Department again is inviting the public to hand in unwanted firearms and receive compensation.

Participants can receive a $50 gift card for each firearm they turn in at the upcoming “Gun Buyback” event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Public Safety Center (5770 Freeport Blvd.).

Similar to the previous event, no identification is required to participate, and no questions will be asked. Firearms must be fully functional to receive a gift card. Please note that no ammunition is allowed at the event.

“The Sacramento Police Department is committed to using innovative ways to connect with our communities and increase safety in our city,” Sac PD Sgt. Zach Eaton said. “We received an incredible response at our last buyback event, and we hope to achieve similar results at this upcoming one.”

More than 130 firearms were turned in at the May 21 “Gas for Guns” event, including at least one assault weapon, numerous components for privately manufactured firearms (ghost guns) and multiple other illegally configured weapons.

The main reasons people cited for participating in the exchange were a lack of knowledge with firearms, concerns about the legality of certain firearms and an inability to safety store firearms, officials said.

The Sacramento Police Department said it is sharing information about the event well in advance of its Oct. 22 date in hopes that people will help spread the word about it.

“This is a really great opportunity for people to get rid of any unwanted firearms and get paid for it,” Eaton said. “It’s really a win/win for everyone involved.”