A scheme to trade gas gift cards for guns hosted by the Sacramento PD yielded over 100 firearms, the department bragged Sunday.
With gasoline topping over $7 a gallon in some places in California, Sacramento police capitalized on the price gouging by going after guns, offering $50 gas gift cards in exchange for unloaded, unwanted firearms.
“Over 100 members of the community responded to Saturday’s event which was staffed by Sacramento Police Department officers and community partners who facilitated the safe exchange of firearms for $50 gas gift cards,” the department wrote in a Facebook post, with photos showing several of the 134 firearms that had been willingly turned in.
“Among the firearms received was at least one assault weapon, numerous components for privately manufactured firearms (ghost guns), and multiple other illegally configured firearms.”
According to the Sacramento PD, individuals who turned in guns “cited a lack of experience or knowledge with firearms, lack of knowledge of the legality of the firearms, or an inability to safely store the firearms.”
Public interest in the gun buyback program was so high police ran out of gas cards within the first 45 minutes and had to end the event an hour early, however they continued to accept firearms.
Due to overwhelming response, we have exhausted our supply of gift cards for today’s gun exchange. We will still be accepting firearms but unfortunately we will not be providing gift cards from this point on. This event will be ending one hour early and will run until 4 p.m. pic.twitter.com/o9u7EohLXX
— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) May 21, 2022
The overwhelming response to the program is a testament to the economic hard times being experienced by many Americans as the devaluation of the US dollar continues to fuel high gas prices and soaring inflation.
As Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once noted,
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.