Sac PD’s second ‘gun buyback’ event nets 275 firearms

The Sacramento Police Department on Oct. 22 hosted its second “gun buyback” event of the year, which resulted in 275 guns being collected by the department.

Community members were able to exchange unwanted firearms for $50 gift cards. The process was anonymous with no questions asked.

Among the firearms turned in were privately manufactured firearms (ghost guns) and other illegally configured firearms. The firearms will be safely stored for a period and then destroyed.

“We recognize that community safety is a shared responsibility between the Police Department and the citizens we serve,” Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester. “I want to thank the community for their commitment and support of our efforts to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.”

The gun buyback event, held at the Public Safety Center on Freeport Boulevard, lasted approximately four hours. More than $12,000 in gift cards were distributed, officials said.

Department officers, professional staff and members of community-based organizations were on hand to facilitate this event, which was co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

More than 130 firearms were turned in at the first buyback event in May. Guns collected included at least one assault weapon, numerous components for ghost guns and multiple other illegally configured weapons.

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