The King County Sheriff’s Office collected nearly 300 firearms at its ‘Gift Cards for Guns’ program at the Burien Police Precinct on Saturday, April 1, 2023.
The drive-through event ran from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and allowed gun owners to anonymously trade-in firearms for Visa/Mastercard gift cards worth up to $300.
Police said that the total number firearms traded in was 287, for a total cash value giveaway of $36,525, including:
- 11 AR-15/AK-47
- 68 Pistols
- 46 Revolvers
- 70 Shotguns
- 75 Rifles (not AR-15)
- 8 Muzzle loading
- 7 Antiques
- 2 Other
“As your Sheriff, I am committed to doing everything I can to reduce gun violence in King County,” Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall said. “The Gift Cards for Guns program is an important step in making our communities safer through a simple, voluntary process. I’m proud to support it.”
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.
A second event is slated to take place in North King County later this year.
Below are photos from the event – click arrows to view slideshow:
Photos courtesy King County Sheriff’s Office.