Supervisor Benoit Announces Gifts for Guns Exchange
PALM SPRINGS – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez, Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Lee Weigel and Assemblyman Manuel Perez at the Gifts for Guns exchange program at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the parking lot immediately north of the Palm Springs Police Department training center (200 South Civic Drive).
Gifts for Guns will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m., or until the supply of gift cards runs out. The program will offer a $50 gift card for handguns and $100 gift card for rifles.
“As a 31-year law enforcement veteran, I know few things are as sad and senseless as seeing young people throw their lives away by turning to violence and victimizing innocent people,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This turn-in is a positive intervention to make our communities safer and keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
Priority will be given to the residents of Palm Springs, who must show proof of residency. The Palm Springs Police Department is asking residents to leave their unloaded firearm in the vehicle until a police officer escorts them and their weapon.
“California currently ranks No. 5 for gun violence nationwide,” stated Chief Dominguez. “ This program is designed to reduce gun violence in the Coachella Valley by working with the community and taking a proactive stance towards reducing gun violence through the collection of firearms.”
The Palm Springs Police Department collected 83 firearms in its prior annual buyback program, Chief Dominguez said.
The effort has been made possible through $1,500 from Riverside County Community Improvement Designation funds, donations by Assemblyman Perez and Southern California Braiding Company, Inc., and with the assistance of Stater Bros. Markets.
For more details about the program, please contact Officer Rhonda Long with the Palm Springs Police Department at 760-323-8106.