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‘Gifts for Guns’ Event Saturday at East LA Sheriffs Station

The Sheriff’s Department’s East Los Angeles Station on Saturday will host a five-hour “Gifts for Guns” event, during which people can turn in firearms and receive a gift card.

The program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Belvedere Park at East First Street and Mednik Avenue, according to Nicole Nishida of the sheriff’s department.

Under the program, people can surrender a firearm and receive gift cards in varying denominations: $200 for an assault weapon; $100 for a handgun, rifle, or shotgun; and $50 for a “non-operational firearm,” Nishida said.

The gift cards will be redeemable at Target stores or Ralphs markets. Participants will be directed to a series of checkpoints, where the firearms will be located, inventoried and rendered safe, Nishida said.