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Putting skateboards on the streets, not guns

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Local law enforcement agencies will be banding together this weekend in an effort to take guns off the streets.

The Guns for Gift Cards program will be held on Saturday. If you have an unwanted gun in your home, here's your chance to trade it in for a gift card, or -- new this year-- you can also trade it in for a brand new skateboard.

Handguns, assault weapons, shotguns, rifles -- all can be exchanged Saturday for gift cards worth up to $200. And this year there's also a new option -- you can also trade them in for a new skateboard.

Harvey Hawks of the "Longboarding for Peace movement has joined the program, offering up skateboards worth $200 to $300.

"If we can add this to be a peace incentive in our community, this is where we want to be. We're committed to this movement of peace," Hawks said.

Local African-American clergy is also partnering with law enforcement for the event.

Since Guns for Gift Cards started back in 2008, authorities say more than 1,000 guns have been collected.

"We're not taking guns away from law abiding citizens that want to possess them. What we're doing is taking guns out of homes that don't want them there, to keep them out of the reach of kids and curious teens. We know we've seen the tragedy that can happen when they get these weapons," Sheriff William Gore said.

Police say the program also helps prevent weapons from ending up on the streets in the hands of criminals. According to San Diego police, in the first six months of this year, 115 handguns have been stolen in burglaries.

"We've had cases where criminals target people that own guns," SDPD Capt. Jorge Duran said.

Duran says sometimes thieves will even follow people home from gun ranges just to get their hands on a weapon.

"I see what the result of gun violence does to a community. It's pretty heartbreaking to a community to know that someone died in their courtyard or on their sidewalk," he said.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bryco Business Park building on Market Street.

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