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SB police launch groceries for guns program

December 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
San Bernardino police launched a new program Thursday to get weapons off the streets.Guns taken off the streets were on display at the San Bernardino Police Department as examples of the weapons police want the community to voluntarily to turn in as part of a gun buyback, no-questions-asked program.

"We feel very passionate about the idea about being able to get these weapons off the streets so we can have safer holidays and safer times all around," said Lt. Keith Prostler of the SBPD.

The Guns 4 Groceries program is the first of its kind in the city and was made possible with a $10,000 donation from discount grocer Food 4 Less.

"It is the holiday time, we'd like to see a turkey or ham go on the table than someone be injured by a weapon or gun," Prostler said.

The public is invited to turn in both operating and non-operation firearms Saturday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in exchange for a gift certificate for $50 to Food 4 Less.

The amount doubles for turning in an assault rifle.

The firearms should be unloaded.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the stadium located at 280 S. E St. in San Bernardino.

"This is completely anonymous," Prostler said. "There will be no names taken, we are not writing down license numbers, we're not talking to anyone about who they are or why they are doing this. We simply want these weapons off the streets."

However, all the guns will be checked to see if they are related to any crimes and any stolen guns will be returned to their proper owners. The rest will be destroyed.