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Santa Clara County Gun Buy Back Pays out $114,000 Brings in 1,116 Firearms, 47 Assault Weapons

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.Today, County of Santa Clara Board President Ken Yeager, Sheriff Laurie Smith, and District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced the outcome of the Santa Clara County Anonymous Gun Buy Back Event held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on March 2, including the collection of 1,116 firearms and the payout of $114,000.
The gun buy back event, one of the largest cash-funded gun buy backs in the Bay Area, processed 562 total vehicles. The average number of guns per car was 2. The event offered up to $150,000 in cash, available to individuals turning in handguns, shotguns, rifles, and assault weapons.
Gun statistics:
·         1,116 total firearms collected                                     
·         47 assault weapons                     
·         479 handguns                                      
·         355 rifles
·         235 shotguns
Cash payout statistics:
·         $114,000 total payout at the event
·         $1,500 - highest single payout (for 15 guns)
·         $50 -  lowest single payout
·         $200 - average payout by vehicle
·         $102 -  average payout per gun
In comparison, other jurisdictions had the following outcomes:
Feb. 2013 - Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, & Menlo Park
400 total firearms collected
Jan. 2013 -San Mateo County
680 total firearms collected
24 assault weapons
Dec. 2012 - Oakland
300 total firearms collected
Dec. 2012 -San Francisco
296 total firearms collected
Dec. 2012 - Los Angeles
2,062 total firearms collected
91 assault weapons
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 5, 2013