A “no questions requested” gun amnesty in California that supplied free gas vouchers in change for firearms ran out of vouchers in simply 45 minutes.
Police in Sacramento mentioned that that they had obtained 134 weapons from greater than 100 folks of their “Gasoline for Weapons Buyback”, together with an assault weapon and numerous unlawful firearms.
Although the Saturday occasion was scheduled to final 5 hours, the officers ran out of $50 gasoline present playing cards after simply 45 minutes and needed to finish the buyback an hour early, according to local TV news station KTXL.
Sacramento Police billed the occasion as an opportunity to eliminate undesirable firearms with “no questions requested and no identification required”, asking solely that the weapons have been dropped at them unloaded and safely saved inside their automobiles.
Some folks additionally gave in elements for so-called “ghost weapons”, which means home-assembled firearms that can not be traced by authorities as a result of they haven’t any serial numbers, which have been blamed for quite a few shootings within the Golden State.
“Amongst different causes, group members mostly cited an absence of expertise or data with firearms, lack of know-how of the legality of the firearms, or an incapacity to securely retailer the firearms as the principle causes for taking part within the change,” the Sacramento Police Division mentioned.
Police chief Kathy Lester added: “We’ll proceed to make use of modern concepts to extend the security of our group. I actually consider violent crime prevention is a shared duty and at this time’s overwhelming group participation is proof of the success we will obtain collectively.”
The typical value of gasoline in California hit $6 a gallon final week as US sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine continued to ripple out by international oil and gasoline markets.
The typical gasoline value throughout the US on Sunday was was $4.59, the best on report according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), with California the most costly state.