Semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop on Oct. 2, 2018, in Lynnwood. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

Semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop on Oct. 2, 2018, in Lynnwood. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

Guns for gift cards is back for second round in Mukilteo on Saturday

Guns can be exchanged for $50 to $100 gift cards in this program aimed to reduce violence.

MUKILTEO — By popular demand and for community safety, the gun buyback is back.

The exchange of guns for gift cards is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mukilteo Police Department, 10500 47th Place W.

At the city’s first gun buyback in December, 41 firearms were turned in and police distributed $2,850 in gift cards. That event ended early due to running out of gift cards.

Saturday’s exchange runs as long as gift cards last.

Amounts are $50 to $100 in Visa gift cards, depending on the kind of gun.

Proof of Mukilteo residency is required to participate in the first hour of the event. Participant identity is otherwise anonymous, and staff will not log any identifying information.

Proof of residency is not needed after 10 a.m.

Firearms exchanged that are not stolen or linked to other crimes will be melted down as part of the police department’s annual firearm destruction process.

The buyback program aims to reduce gun violence within the community and to reduce the likelihood of accidental injuries and suicides.

At the Everett Police Department’s gun buyback in December, $25,000 in gift cards were exchanged for 241 firearms. Everett police collected 123 handguns, 109 long guns and nine ARs/AKs.

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