Kirkland Police offers $11,375 for unwanted guns via the "Guns for Gift Cards" program.
Kirkland Police sponsored their inaugural "Guns for Gift Cards" event, where they were able to exchange 80 unwanted guns for gift cards.
As part of the organization's "efforts to minimise gun violence and unwanted firearms in our community," the event took place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Participants anonymously gave up their unwanted firearms for destruction while bringing identification proving their Kirkland address. According to the authorities, 45 people participated on Saturday, turning up 80 guns in exchange for gift cards worth a total of $11,375.
"Since 2020, there have been six suicides in Kirkland involving guns. One action we can take to help lower the possibility of accidental injuries and suicides by firearms is encouraging neighbourhood members to voluntarily give ownership of unwanted guns "when the occasion was first announced in early June, stated Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold.
Participants got prepaid Visa gift cards ranging from $25 to $250 depending on the type of gun they gave in.