The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) – which contracts police services to the City of Burien – will unveil its new countywide ‘Gift Cards for Guns’ program at the Burien Precinct on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

This will be drive-through event that will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gun owners can anonymously trade-in their firearms for Visa/Mastercard gift cards worth up to $300.

The program, which is funded by a $100,000 allotment granted by the King County Council in July 2022, aims to reduce the number of guns in circulation and promote public health and safety.

KCSO’s inaugural event will be hosted at the Southwest Precinct. The entrance will be at SW 149th Street and 8th Ave SW (map below), and participants should look for signs and deputies directing traffic.

Here’s what police will pay:

    • $0 (ZERO) for toy guns, BB/pellet guns, homemade firearms, non-firing objects that look like firearms, ammunition, magazines, firearm accessories
    • $25 for antique firearms, junk guns. inoperable firearms
    • $50 for muzzle-loading firearms manufactured after 1941
    • $100 for Revolvers
    • $100 for Shotguns / Rifles / .22LR
    • $200 for Pistols
    • $300 for AK-47, AR-15, and Machine Guns

Weapons must be UNLOADED with safety on, and In your trunk or rear area out of reach of any passengers in the vehicle.

If possible have them in a gun case or box that a Deputy can access and examine when you arrive.

More info at

This is anticipated to be the first of two events during 2023, with the second event slated to take place in North King County later this year.

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3 replies on “King County Sheriff’s Office will unveil new ‘Gift Cards for Guns’ program in Burien April 1”

  1. Gun buyback events have been successful everywhere they have been held. Everett, Mukilteo and Kirkland have had gun buyback events and there were more people that wanted to sell their guns back than there was money to buy them. No one is obligated to sell a gun and plenty of people would like to. Many people have guns they don’t want or don’t use, for example inherited from a family member, and this is an opportunity for people to dispose of them safely. Thanks to King County Police for making this event happen in Burien.

  2. Most crimes involving guns in our community are with guns that have been stolen, from homes and cars. Guns that get into the hands of criminals. We have more guns than people in the USA. Gun violence can be prevented and reducing the number of available guns is a proven tactic for reducing gun tragedies.

  3. I would like to see a tally of how many of the weapons turned in were reported stolen and/or defaced of serial numbers etc. It may be true that those weapons are “off the street” but I can’t help but think they will be “replaced” by more stolen ones…in other words, crime does pay.

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