[Update: This will be a drive through event. Citizens who attempt to walk-up to the turn-in site will be directed to place their firearm(s) in their vehicle and drive onto the site.
All firearms must be unloaded and stored in the trunk of the vehicle, with all magazines and ammunition stored outside the trunk.
Ammunition will be accepted if citizens wish to turn it in however there will be no monetary reward offered.]
SAN MATEO, CA – San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks, San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier will hold an anonymous gun buyback event at the San Mateo County Event Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Any individual can surrender weapons, no questions asked, and receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault weapon.
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks stated, “The overall purpose of the gun buyback program is to make the streets of San Mateo County safer for those who live and work here. There are many unwanted and unsecured guns in households throughout the county. We are providing a place for people to come and dispose of them and get some money in return. We feel this will improve public safety in our county.”
Congresswoman Speier stated, “Gun buybacks are a powerful tool to make our streets and schools safer. There is no reason we need 90 weapons per 100 Americans, making the U.S. the most heavily armed society in the world. Buybacks are convenient opportunities for responsible gun owners to get rid of guns they no longer want. Fewer guns also mean fewer accidents and fewer chances for guns to fall into the wrong hands.”
San Mateo County Supervisor Tissier stated, “San Mateo County is proud to support the gun buyback program for the safety of our residents. One gun incident is one too many.”
Anyone interested in participating in the gun buy back event can call 650-257-3403 ext 9 for more information. Additionally, there may be a long silence after pressing the extension however the call will still be connected.