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San Mateo County to join gun buybacks in May

San Mateo County to join gun buybacks in May
Gun buyback event will be held in May, the event will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1050 Mission Rd. in South San Francisco.

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The Sheriff's Office and the San Mateo County Council, in conjunction with San Mateo County Citizens for Gun Buybacks, and partners from various law enforcement agencies, will hold an anonymous gun buyback event.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1050 Mission Rd. in South San Francisco.

Participating law enforcement agencies include the Colma, Daly City, San Bruno and South San Francisco Police Departments.

“Gun buyback events provide an anonymous option for community members to turn in firearms they no longer wish to keep,” said Sheriff Christina Corpus. 

“This not only reduces the number of guns in circulation, but also helps prevent tragic firearms accidents, contributing to a safer community for all residents,” he added.

In addition to removing unwanted firearms from the community, gun buyback events also provide an opportunity to educate the public about safe firearm storage and other gun safety protocols. Free gun locks will be distributed at the event, authorities said in a statement.

Those planning to attend should ensure their firearms are unloaded and stored safely in the trunk of their vehicle. All firearms will be accepted without questions, and you will receive cash incentives ranging from $50 to $200.

This gun buyback is part of the San Mateo County Gun Buyback Program, which includes two events a year through 2024. 

The program is funded by a partnership between the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, which approved a grant of up to $208,000 in Measure K funds, $100,000 from the Sheriff's Office, and more than $67,000 raised by San Mateo County Citizens for a Gun Buyback, a local community group. 

To date, more than 2,600 firearms have been collected through the program.

 

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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