Gun buyback event coming to Redwood City; up to $200 for an assault rifle

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An anonymous, large-scale gun buyback event is set to be held in Redwood City on Saturday, May 5.

The event, hosted by San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1402 Maple St.

“Any individual can surrender firearms with no questions asked, and receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle,” organizers said, adding that funds are limited.

See this Facebook invite for more information.

The gun buyback was initiated by the Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback, which wanted to bring another large-scale buyback to the county that hasn’t happened since 2013. The group has solicited funding from the buyback from several city and town governments in the county, including a $50,000 contribution from San Carlos, and $10,000 from Woodside and Portola, which each committed to provide an addition $5,000 in matching funds if kids in their communities raised funds. Others contributing were Redwood City, Belmont, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae and San Mateo.

 “The Redwood City Police Department appreciates the opportunity to partner in this gun buyback event with the group Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and other participating municipal agencies,” Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland said. “This event provides an excellent opportunity to increase community safety by collecting unwanted firearms and ensuring their safe disposal rather than risk them falling into the wrong hands.”