Anyone in Santa Clara County can turn in their guns for cash at the Santa Clara County Gun Buy Back event, and receive up to $100 for each handgun, shotgun and rifle, and up to $200 for each assault weapon as classified in the State of California.
This is the largest cash-funded gun buy back in county history, dispersing up to $150,000 in cash for firearms. Funds are limited and the amount of cash an individual can receive may be limited, regardless of the amount of firearms surrendered.
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose
Participants should enter the Fairgrounds property, by car or truck, through the Umbarger Road entrance.
Note: Guns will not be accepted from individuals who arrive on foot or any other mode of transit besides a car or truck.
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 program is an initiative of County of Santa Clara Board President Ken Yeager, in partnership with the County’s top law enforcement officials Sheriff Laurie Smith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen.
MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS: Reporters should go directly to the media designated parking area at Gate C, located on Old Tully Road just west of the main Fairgrounds entrance. There will be a media check-in station for reporters to receive press passes for event.
Gun Buy Back Instructions and Information for Participants:
· Participants should enter the Fairgrounds property, by car, through the Umbarger Road entrance.
· Guns will not be accepted from individuals who arrive on foot or any other mode of transit besides a car or truck.
· All firearms should be stored safely in the trunk of the car or in the bed of the truck. Ensure that they are not loaded.
· Do not touch or handle your firearms once you have arrived at the entrance to the Fairgrounds. Open up your trunk or truck bed and allow Sheriff’s Deputies to handle the firearms you wish to turn in.
· Gun dealers will not be allowed to participate.
· The event will be staffed by armed Sheriff’s Deputies to ensure the safety of everyone present.
· If some participants arrive in their cars before 10 a.m., we ask that they patiently wait for their turn and turn off their car to prevent idling if wait times become long.
· Once a firearm is given up it cannot be returned.
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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: February 13, 2013