A gun “buyback” program is a program instituted to purchase privately owned firearms not wanted by gun owners anymore. A “reward” is usually paid through a pre-paid card for these firearms.
The goal, when purchasing is done by the San Juan Police Department, is to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians, and provide a process whereby civilians can sell their privately owned firearms to the government without risk of prosecution.
The police department then destroys the weapons at a destruction facility. The police department does not re-sell any of the weapons seized, confiscated or purchased through this program.