The Kirkland Police Department held its second Guns for Gift Cards exchange on July 20, where they took in 60 unwanted firearms from community members. In less than two hours, KPD provided $6,975 worth of gift cards to 21 participants.
“Giving residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted guns is just one step we can take towards helping to prevent suicides and accidental firearm injuries in Kirkland,” said Councilmember Jon Pascal. “We’re glad to see such high level of participation by community members.”
KPD’s goal for the Guns for Gift Cards program is to reduce gun violence and unwanted firearms in the community. Out of the 21 participants, two AR-15/AK-47 type firearms were exchanged as well as 34 handguns, 22 rifles and shotguns, and two non functioning firearms and pellet guns.
“After our first, successful gun exchange in June, we weren’t sure what the community response would be to a second event. But now we do,” said Chief Cherie Harris. “Clearly this service is important for those with unwanted guns.”
At the first event on June 25, 45 participants brought in a total of 91 firearms in exchange for $11,375 worth of gift cards. The combined total between the two events is 151 firearms in exchange for $18,350 worth of gift cards.
KPD plans to hold another Guns for Gift Cards exchange in September.