Auburn Police Department hosts first gun buy-back program in August

AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) – The Auburn Police Department, with assistance from the Crime Victims Unit, will host Auburn’s first gun buyback program on Saturday, August 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 1225 Lincoln Way behind Auburn City Hall.

The Auburn Police Department is offering $50 per gun gift cards, no ID required and no questions asked. All buyout participants must remain inside their vehicle while firearms are unloaded and locked in the trunk. No walking or ammunition will be allowed.

This gun buyback allows community members to surrender unwanted firearms anonymously with no questions asked. The Auburn Police Department said its goal of the program is to raise awareness of gun violence and make the community safer.

Auburn police said those who participate in the program generally lack experience or knowledge of firearms and are unfamiliar with the laws.

The Auburn Police Department said numerous studies show both the success and ineffectiveness of gun buy-back programs, however, they believe that if they can get a gun off the streets for prevent some kind of gun violence, the program is worth it.

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