SBPD's Anonymous Gun Buyback program Saturday

Event at Earl Warren Showgrounds 8 - noon

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - If you have a gun, rifle or another weapon you want to get rid of, you'll have a chance this weekend.

The Santa Barbara Police Department is teaming up with the Coalition Against Gun Violence for the third Anonymous Gun Buyback event. 

Saturday's event is happening at the Earl Warren Showgrounds from 8 a.m. to noon.

"If we have the opportunity to take an unwanted firearm out of a home so it can't fall into the wrong hands or be misued by someone who's not thinking clearly at the time, then it's a positive for the community as a whole," said Sgt. Riley Harwood with the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The first event, shortly after the Isla Vista massacre, brought in more than 200 unwanted weapons.

Officers check the serial numbers and if a weapon is found to be stolen, every effort will be made to give it back to its rightful owner.

$100 and $200 dollar gift certificates to Smart and Final will be given on the spot depending on the weapon, up to three per person. In years past, that amount totalled roughly $20,000 dollars.

Free gun locks will also be offered to participants.

Harwood asks the public not to bring explosives or military ordnance and said the weapons collected will eventually be taken to Los Angeles and either cut up or melted down.

Funding for this year's event was donated by the City of Santa Barbara and Congressman Salud Carbajal.

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