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A gun buyback event in San Mateo today collected more than 680 firearms, including 24 assault weapons, 338 hand guns and 371 long guns, according to Congresswoman Jackie Speier. A total of $63,500 was handed out at today’s event, which took place at the San Mateo Event center. Gun owners were offered up to $100 cash for handguns, shot guns or rifles and up to $200 for assault weapons, no questions asked.
Officials also collected a 100 round capacity magazine, 30 round capacity magazines, a sawed-off shotgun and a street sweeper. “Every weapon turned in is one less life that might be lost of damaged by a firearm, whether accidentally or intentionally,” Speier said in a statement. The buyback was sponsored jointly by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks, Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Speier. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will issue final numbers on Monday.
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