Another gun buyback event set for Redwood City

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office announced today an anonymous gun buyback event has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, in Redwood City.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at 1402 Maple St. and is being supported by San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland, Belmont Police Chief Daniel J. DeSmidt, and the group, Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback.

No questions will be asked, and up to $100 cash will be offered for a handgun, shotgun or rifle and up to $200 for an assault rifle.

This will be the latest gun buyback initiated by the Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback, which worked to solicit funding for the events from multiple city and town governments in the county. Their most recent event back in May, also at 1402 Maple St. in Redwood City, led to the collection of 427 guns, including a fully automatic submachine gun, an Intratec Tec 9, and a Colt AR-15 that was converted to fully automatic.

Since then, the group has studied anonymous surveys to improve the buyback events, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The continuation of the Gun Buyback program and the increase in the interest and support, demonstrates great collaborations and triumphs for this community,” Sheriff Bolanos said in a statement.

Chief Mulholland added, “The Gun Buyback program provides an opportunity for positive dialog surrounding safe weapon possession and empowers responsible gun owners to unify behind a worthwhile program that provides a safe environment to surrender unwanted weapons, without question, for destruction.”