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Police to Hold Anonymous Gun Buyback Event

Burbank Police Department will host an Anonymous Gun Buyback event for Burbank residents on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will be located at 200 N. Third St. in Burbank, near the rear parking lot of the headquarters of the Burbank Police and Fire Department headquarters.

The goal of the Anonymous Gun Buyback event is to reduce the availability of unwanted firearms in the community by providing an opportunity for the safe and anonymous disposal of guns. All weapons collected will be verified to determine if they have been reported as lost or stolen, and if applicable, will be returned to their legal owners. All other firearms will be destroyed in compliance with California state law.

The drive-through event will provide city of Burbank residents with an opportunity to anonymously turn in their unwanted guns without having to show any identification and with “no questions asked.” Burbank police officers will accept all unwanted guns upon entering the rear of the Police/Fire headquarters parking lot, off Palm Avenue.

Participants will receive a $100 gift card for each handgun, rifle or shotgun, and/or a $200 gift card for each assault weapon that the state of California recognizes as such. No gift cards will be given for incomplete guns or gun parts. However, police will accept them for destruction.

The BPD reserves the right to limit the number of gift cards an individual can receive, regardless of the number of firearms the individual has surrendered. Gift cards will be dispersed while supplies last.

Participants are required to follow the below instructions upon entering the event:

• Firearms must be transported and delivered unloaded, with clips or magazines removed, and carried in the trunk or rear cargo area, out of reach of the occupants.

• Remain in your vehicle at all times.

• No military ordnances or explosives are allowed.

• Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to carry firearms and should refrain from transporting a gun to the event.

• As a safety precaution, event participants are discouraged from bringing ammunition. No gift cards will be provided for ammunition. Ammunition can be surrendered to the Burbank Police Department at any other time outside of the gun buyback event.

• No walk-ups are allowed.

First published in the December 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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