CA Town Spends $40,000 on Buyback, Including Gun that Doesn’t Work

Molten slag is seen behind a pile of approximately 3,500 confiscated guns about to be destroyed at the Gerdau Steel Mill understand supervision of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and other law enforcement agencies on July 19, 2018 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons were seized in criminal investigations, …
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Gilroy, California, and the whole of Santa Clara County, spent over $40,000 on a gun buyback Saturday netting at least one gun that does not work.

Three persons were killed on July 28, 2019, when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. He used a gun he bought in Nevada so Gilroy officials held a buyback of guns in the California town. The payout was $100.

NBC Bay Area quoted  Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco saying, “This is a small part in the way the community can continue to heal. By getting rid of these unwanted fire arms.”

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Josue Fuentes said, “We had over 70 cars waiting when we opened at 9 a.m. Within the first hour we had already given out $20,000.”

KSBW reported that some people were bringing Samurai swords to buyback and at least one person claimed he sold back a gun that did not work.

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