District Attorney Holds Gun Buy-back Program

Ed Berberian

Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian has announced his office is organizing a gun buy-back program on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan 21.
The program is operated “no questions asked” and is designed to reduce the number of firearms readily accessible at times when individuals (adults and/or juveniles) may not be competent to either handle or decide the need for their use, the district attorney’s office said.
Individuals surrendering operable semi-automatic handguns and/or semi-automatic long guns will receive $200 for each firearm.  Any individual surrendering any other category of operable firearm will receive $100 for each.  Documentation showing the person surrendering the firearm is a resident of Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa or Sonoma County will be required
As a “no questions asked” program, no police investigative report will be opened or generated, the district attorney’s office said
“Sometimes we need to come together taking one small step that empowers the average individual with the ability to do something.  I personally believe we are a society with too many guns simply sitting in garages, closets, drawers and who knows where else,” said Berberian.
“Our community has seen these weapons appear in our neighborhoods and streets.  Let’s take a step to reduce the total number of these weapons.  Let’s have a day where we go to our local police agencies across the county and turn in these guns.”
The five firearm surrender locations on Jan. 15 will be:
Novato Police Department, 909 Machin Ave., Novato;  San Rafael Police Department, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael; Larkspur police facility of the Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur; St. Andrew’s Church, 101 Donahue, Marin City; and Pt. Reyes Substation of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, 101 4th St., Pt. Reyes.
The hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. No ammunition should be in any of these firearms when they are brought to the surrender locations.
All funding for the program has been generated locally.  The county has committed $10,000.  The Marin Community Foundation contributed an additional $20,000. Individual contributions to the District Attorney raised an additional $10,000.
A second surrender date has been scheduled for Jan. 21 at the San Rafael Police Department and the Mill Valley Police Department.  The San Rafael Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office will be jointly operating this location. The second location will be the Mill Valley Police Department, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley. The hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Endorsing the program and joining in this effort are all of Marin’s police jurisdictions, the Marin County Sheriff, all five members of the County’s Board of Supervisors, Marin County’s Superintendent of Schools, local mayors and city/town council members and California’s Attorney General.

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