DA Dumanis Partners with UAAMAC for Successful Gun Exchange Event
Program Offers Gift Cards for Guns, No Questions Asked
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis today kicked off an annual “guns-for-gift cards” exchange event in Southeast San Diego. The program, which began in 2008, is organized by the United African-American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC) and offers gift cards to participants who turn in unloaded guns. To date, the event has gathered more than 740 guns with the cooperation of the San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
“This successful program has been getting guns off the streets for years. In many cases, these are weapons people just don’t want any more that could end up being stolen and then used to commit crimes,” said Dumanis. “UAAMAC and local law enforcement have been partnering in a proactive way on this event for four years and the District Attorney’s Office is proud to help with funding for the program.”
Participants receive a gift card worth $100 for a handgun that’s turned in and $200 for an assault rifle. Dumanis was joined by San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, San Diego City Councilman Tony Young, San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and representatives from the Junior Seau Foundation and Bay Vista Fund.