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Trying to make the streets safer: Gun buyback event set for Santa Barbara

Tom Def
Santa Barbara Police are sponsoring a gun buyback program this coming Saturday, to try to get some weapons off the region's streets.

People will receive a $100 gift card for each firearm tuned in during the event.

A South Coast community is doing its bit this week to get guns off the streets.

The Santa Barbara Police Department is offering $100 gift cards for each weapon which is turned in. Saturday’s gun buyback event is anonymous, with no paperwork or identification involved. Police say that the weapons turned in won’t go through ballistic testing.

It will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, at the city maintenance yards on 300 East Cota Street.

The event is intended to be for Santa Barbara residents. But, because it’s anonymous, people from other nearby areas can also show up and turn in their guns for gift cards.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.