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Offer to Lancaster, Palmdale residents: Turn in your gun, get a gift card

December 1, 2009 |  2:14 pm

Lancaster and Palmdale residents are being encouraged to give up their guns in exchange for gifts this holiday season.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies will collect the firearms Saturday and Sunday as part of a Gifts for Guns program launched earlier this year.

Residents may bring their unloaded weapons to the Michael D. Antonovich Courthouse, 42011 4th St. West, in Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

They will not be required to give their name or address and will receive gift cards to major retailers in the Antelope Valley, according to details released by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

A $50 gift card will be awarded for nonfunctioning weapons; $100 for working firearms; and $200 for an assault rifle, according to the publicized information.

People turning in firearms will be asked to remain in their cars while deputies remove the weapons from the trunk of their vehicles. Once deputies determine the status and model of the weapon, the owner will be presented with a gift card, according to officials at the Palmdale and Lancaster sheriff’s stations.

In a written statement, Capt. Axel Anderson said “getting the guns off the street this holiday season will help prevent tragedies from occurring.” Capt. Bobby D. Denham said officials were hopeful that this weekend’s event would be as successful one in April, when more than 700 firearms were turned in.

-- Ann M. Simmons