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City to swap gift cards for turned-in guns June 29

Gun owners can anonymously turn in a weapon and, in return, receive a Visa gift card worth up to $200 at the city's Gift Cards for Guns program, Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Laurel Armory/Anderson and Murphy Community Center.

In a similar program held in December by Prince George's County Police and co-sponsored by the city, more than 150 guns were turned in, according to city spokesman Pete Piringer.

Guns should be unloaded and in a carrying bag such as a gym bag, and should arrive in the trunk of a vehicle, Piringer said. Police officers will meet drivers at the cars outside the Armory. Ammunition can also be turned in.

Piringer said the dollar amount of the gift card depends on the functionality of the weapon.

Guns collected at the turn-in event will be melted down and byproducts will be recycled.

Laurel Mayor Craig Moe is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bipartisan coalition of city mayors from throughout the country.

"I believe these types of grassroots turn-in and buy back efforts afford local residents a chance to rid themselves of possibly illegal guns, but more importantly give them an opportunity to remove unwanted guns safely from their homes," Moe said in a released statement.

The gun turn-in is sponsored, funded and operated by the city of Laurel, and supported by New Life Church of Christ, a local branch of the NAACP and the Laurel Police Department.


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