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The Anaheim Police Department says it will issue $100 gift cards in a weekend firearm weapons-collecting operation.

The operation will take place Saturday at La Palma Park at 1151 N. La Palma Park Way between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Anaheim police Sgt. Ryan Blackburn told the Orange County Register.

Weapons must be unloaded and locked securely in the truck of a vehicle prior to arrival, Blackburn told the newspaper. People turning in weapons will not be required to submit their names and no questions will be asked, he said.

Eight officers will work the program, which is split into three sections: a checkpoint for gun safety, an area where weapons are collected, and a station where gift cards to establishments such as  Kohl’s, Target or Walmart are issued, Blackburn told the Register, adding that “the process can be completed in five to 10 minutes.”

“It gives people an opportunity to get rid of guns they might not want,” he said.

Saturday’s collection marks the fourth year the city has run the program, Blackburn said, noting that 233 firearms have been collected since 2013. After the serial numbers are checked to see if the weapons have been tied to past crimes, the weapons are melted down or destroyed.

“This is an opportunity to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands — it definitely helps out,” Blackburn said.

—City News Service

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