Compton readies guns-for-gift-card exchange

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Unfortunately, what will happen is the same thing with all of these types of programs is that people who have pretty much useless firearms, many of them will not function or are so old to be unsafe, worthless pieces of junk, that will be turned in for a gift card,” said Sam Paredes of Gun Owners of California. “Who can hardly blame somebody for trading in a piece of junk for something of value?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guns-for-gift-card exchanges will be held in Compton Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to reduce gang violence in the city, though the program’s effectiveness has been questioned. People turning in a gun to sheriff’s personnel will receive a $50 gift card to Best Buy, Home Depot, Ralphs or Target. In addition, $100 gift cards will be given for each of the first 50 guns turned in. About 400 guns were turned in at a similar exchange in 2005, according to Sgt. Rich Pena of the sheriff’s Compton Station. A figure from last year’s exchanges was not available. In a 2006 interview, the executive director of political committee dedicated to preserving rights of gun owners and electing pro-law enforcement candidates called the guns-for-card exchanges “nothing more than a really nice, feel-good measure to try to make people feel like this is a positive step, but the fact of the matter is there is probably minus zero number of criminals who are going to give up their firearms in order to get a gift card.” last_img