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Santa Clara County Anonymous Gun Buy Back Event Brings in more than 1,100 Firearms

Officials to display assault weapons
WHAT:           
County of Santa Clara Board President, the Sheriff, and the District Attorney will update the
media on the outcome of the Santa Clara County Anonymous Gun Buy Back Event held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on March 2.  Officials will provide statistics on the 1,100 firearms collected, display a variety of the assault weapons, and be on hand to answer questions.
 
The County’s Gun Buy Back event offered up to $150,000 in cash, available to individuals turning in handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons, and is one of the largest cash-funded gun buy backs in the Bay Area.
 
WHO:             
President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Sheriff Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County
Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney
           
WHEN:           
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
                                
WHERE:         
Sheriff’s Auditorium, Office of the Sheriff
55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
 
WHY:             
In 2012, the Medical Examiner-Coroner reported that firearms were the cause of nearly two in every three homicides in Santa Clara County. Firearms were involved in 79 deaths in the County in 2012, including 36 homicides and 41 suicides.
 
The average cost of treating a gunshot wound at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is upwards of $50,000.  Some or all of that amount could be incurred by the County, depending on the person’s insurance situation. Preventing someone from being wounded by accidental discharge could save thousands of dollars in medical costs.
 
The Santa Clara County Anonymous Gun Buy Back Program is one part of Board President Ken Yeager’s initiative to reduce the number of guns in the community, as outlined in his 2013 State of the County Address. The program is a partnership among County of Santa Clara Board President Ken Yeager, and the County’s top law enforcement officials Sheriff Laurie Smith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen.
 
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Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Jim Weston, Office of Supervisor Ken Yeager, (408) 299-5040; Sergeant Jose Cardoza, Sheriff’s Office, (408) 808-4905; Sean Webby, District Attorney’s Office, (408) 792-2997
Posted: March 4, 2013