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DA's Gun Buy-Back Program to Pay for Vouchers Friday

The vouchers can be redeemed for $200 for semi-automatic and long guns and $100 for all other guns between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.

By Bay City News Service

Today is payday for people who were given vouchers when they turned in their guns and ammunition at five different locations last month during the Marin County District Attorney's Office's gun buyback event.

The vouchers will be redeemed for $200 for semi-automatic and long guns and $100 for all other guns between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Showcase Theater complex at 10 Avenue of the Flags in the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.

The county collected 827 guns and 1,500 rounds of ammunition on Jan. 15, but $36,000 of the $43,000 that was allocated for the buyback was gone in about 90 minutes, Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said.

The district attorney's office then set the remaining $7,000 aside, Berberian said.

The district attorney's office then issued $68,000 in vouchers and solicited tax-deductible donations from the public.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors allocated $40,000, $30,000 of it from a "safety net" fund, and trusts administrated by the Marin Community Foundation contributed $35,000.

Contributions from the public, law enforcement agencies and public agencies totaled another $30,000.

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Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 16, 2013 at 07:10 AM
How many persons with felony convictions relinquished their firearms? Rough guess-ZERO. How many felons register their firearms, an affirmative ZERO. If a felon registered his firearm, his probation/parole would be revoked. Please, find a way to take firearms away from criminals.
Steve B February 16, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Although it is probably a waste of my time, I will try to enlighten you Jerome... Firearms outlive people. Here's a hypothesis: Imagine an elderly person with no friends or family in the area passes, and a bunch of guys are hired to clean their stuff out of their house lift a firearm or two in the process... Those firearms are now black market weapons and unregistered. Heck, this may even apply to you! Do you own any firearms? What's the plan upon your passing? Imagine a bunch of movers from Richmond going through your stuff. I can see the Patch headline now: "Jerome J Ghigliotti's Gun Used in Bank Robbery and Homicide in San Rafael." Of course you won't get to read the article, but your gun did it. That's what these buy-backs are all about Jerome, reducing unneeded, unwanted, and excess inventory. Get over it. Like I said in previous comments, I saw multiple assault rifles turned in, and they were worth way more than $200, so that offsets the pea-shooters that some people got $100 for.
RJM February 16, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I was thinking about standing outside of one of those buyback events , and collect weapons. The only difference is I would offer cash , I have a firearm dealers license , I'll bet none of the sheriffs do.
Kevin Moore February 16, 2013 at 09:29 PM
If I had a FFL, I would have been at the line, early in the morning, looking for classics and collectors items. I would not have tried to purchase the "assault rifles" to avoid a conflict with the police. But $100 for a nice lever action rifle, I would have offered double. The Seattle gun buy back turned into a gun show. http://seattletimes.com/html/northwestvoices/2020260203_westneat-lets31.html
Kevin Moore February 16, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I wonder if any firearms used in a crime were turned in. Nice of the DA to melt them down. It would have been nice to see photos of each and every firearm, so we could better judge the effectiveness of the program. When the DA ran out of cash, some people turned in their firearms for free. I bet there were a lot of firearms that would have been turned in for free if they started at that price point. Save the money for the types of firearms commonly used in street crimes. Typically, they had $40,000 to spend and spent $70,000. Of the photos I saw, there were a lot of old bolt action rifles.

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