San Jose gun buyback on Saturday

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2012, file photo, a variety of military-style semi-automatic rifles obtained during a buy back program are displayed at Los Angeles police headquarters. Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday, July 1, 2016, that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and require background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws that are already among the strictest in the nation. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

SAN JOSE (KRON)—The San Jose Police Department will hold a gun buyback event on Saturday.

The program is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted firearms and gun violence in San Jose.

It gives local residents an opportunity to voluntarily turn in their guns in exchange for gift cards.

For handguns, rifles and shotguns a $100 gift card will be given and a $200 gift card for assault weapons.

Guns will be checked for lost or stolen status, and if applicable will be returned to their legal owners.

All other firearms will be destroyed.

The program goes from 9 a.m. until 1:00 pm at the San Jose Police Department training substation on Great Oaks Parkway.

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