Gun buyback event coming to San Carlos

Gun buyback event coming to San Carlos

in Community/Crime

A gun buyback event is scheduled to take place at 1000 Skyway Road in San Carlos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

According to the County, “participants must transport firearms unloaded in a vehicle trunk or, for trucks and vans, in a locked container.”

Participants can receive $50 for non-functioning firearms, $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles and $200 for assault weapons and “ghost guns” as classified by the State of California.

Last year, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors pledged to hold gun buybacks through 2023 using voter-approved Measure X funds, with the goal of reducing gun violence. In five gun buybacks held since May 2018, the County has collected 2,071 firearms and paid out $206,500.

“Fewer guns means fewer chances for guns falling into the wrong hands,” said Don Horsley, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the County’s former Sheriff. “You can keep your family safer if you get rid of unwanted firearms. It’s tragic but over half of all suicides occur with the use of a firearm.”

The County of San Mateo, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Redwood City Police, Belmont Police, City of San Carlos and Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback are all sponsors of the buyback program.

Photo courtesy of San Mateo County