Turn in unwanted guns at Vista buyback event

VISTA, Calif. — Have old, unwanted guns laying around that you want to dispose of? The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Oceanside Police Department are partnering for a gun buyback event in Vista.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can turn in unwanted firearms for a gift card at the North County Regional Center on South Melrose Drive in Vista.

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The announcement states those turning in firearms can remain anonymous, no questions asked.

A $100 gift card will be given out for handguns, rifles and shotguns; $200 gift cards will be given out for assault weapons and ghost guns.

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Firearms need to be working to be accepted. The event announcement notes firearms must be in the trunk of your vehicle and a deputy will give you instructions once you arrive.

Free gun cable locks and handgun security boxes will be available at the event as well.

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All firearms collected at the event will be destroyed, according to the sheriff’s department.

For more information, view the event announcement on X, formerly Twitter.

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