Kirkland Police Hold Third ‘Gun for Gift Card Swap’ of the Year

The goal is to ensure that unwanted firearms do not end up in the wrong hands.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — For the third time this year, the Kirkland Police Department held a “weapons-for-gift card swap” at its headquarters on Saturday.

The goal is to ensure that unwanted firearms do not end up in the wrong hands.

“That’s a pretty cool idea, I would have done it for free but they’re going to give us $100, that’s a bonus,” George Card said.

This is the reward for gun owners who turn in unwanted guns to the “Guns for Gift Cards Exchange” at the Kirkland Police Department.

“These are old long guns that were in the closet the laws have changed you have to lock them up I don’t own a gun safe so I don’t want the responsibility and they are more safe here than at home,” said Card.

KPD officials said Saturday’s event was the third “Guns for Gift Cards Exchange” this year. Two previous events held over the summer have seen Kirkland residents drop off more than 150 unwanted firearms.

“There is a possibility that a house, a family home could be broken into, these guns could get into the hands of the wrong people, criminals if you will, who are now going to take these guns and use them for the wrong reasons,” said Cody Mann, the KPD training sergeant.

Mann said gift cards range from $25 to $250, depending on the type of weapon redeemed. Mann said the KPD will examine the serial number of each gun and unless it is found to be involved in a crime, it will be destroyed.

“We have no problem with responsible gun owners, who want to maintain their guns, whether it’s for recreation, hunting or self-defense anyway, but this situation is more about the people who aren’t comfortable with these guns or just don’t need them anymore for them in their homes,” Mann said.

Saturday’s event ended with 46 guns collected, which Mann considers a huge success.

“Even if it’s just a gun that’s been taken off the streets, allegedly used for the wrong reasons and in the wrong hands, it’s worth it,” Mann said.

KPD officials said they also plan to complete an in-person firearms safety course before the end of the year.

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