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Firearm Disposal

There are several ways a resident can surrender a firearm, magazines or ammunition that they no longer want.

All firearms surrendered to SDPD are crushed and reduced to scrap. There is no charge to the previous owner and the metal is recycled. 

Firearm Pick-up

Residents can contact the San Diego Police Department non-emergency line at 619-531-2000 to request a residential firearm pick-up.

Things to know:

  • An officer will respond to the request as other calls permit. 
  • The firearm will be turned over for destruction.
  • Magazines and ammunition are also accepted to be disposed of by SDPD. about the Gang Intervention Unit

Guns for Giftcards

SDPD partners with community organizations to host events throughout the City for residents to exchange unwanted firearms for gift cards with no questions asked.

Check the SDPD Events Calendar for upcoming Guns for Giftcards events.

Licensed Firearms Dealer

Residents can contact a local, licensed firearms dealer to sell or transfer a firearm.

Firearms Laws in California

If you are a resident of California or visiting us from out-of-state, please review the laws regarding owning and carrying firearms in the State of California.

Recovering Impounded Firearms

No firearms will be released until approval is granted by the assigned investigator.

All persons attempting to obtain an impounded firearm are required to go through the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Gun Release Application Process. If a clearance letter is granted, it is valid for 30 days from the date of the notice. 

After getting the clearance letter, schedule an appointment to retrieve the firearm by contacting the Gun Desk at 619-531-2774 or Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Provide your full name, date of birth and any incident or case number that may assist in locating your record. 

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Learn how to get a temporary gun violence restraining order against someone who poses a significant danger to themselves or others.