Join us in Milpitas on Sunday, May 22, 2022 for our Gun & Firearms Buyback Event
TURN IN GUNS, RECEIVE $ CASH.
In partnership with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Milpitas Police Department, we are hosting a Gun-firearms Buyback Event on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E Calaveras Blvd.
We will be accepting various styles of guns and firearms.
Turn In Weapons Anonymously - No Questions Asked.
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Individuals will receive cash for each functional firearm that is surrendered.
$100 per handgun, rifle, or shotgun
$200 per assault weapon, ghost gun, or similarly classified firearm.
Limit FIVE weapons.
NOTE: Funds are limited and subject to availability. Buybacks are first-come, first-serve. We reserve the right to limit the amount of cash an individual can receive regardless of the amount of firearms surrendered. Weapons must be functional to receive full buyback.
TRANSPORT UNLOADED WEAPONS IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR VEHICLE.
Please remain INSIDE of your vehicle. No ammunition is allowed.
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Special thanks to our additional event partners: the City of Milpitas; Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services - Suicide Prevention & Crisis; and our law enforcement agencies, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, and Police Departments from San José, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, and Palo Alto. The District Attorney’s Office will contribute to the buyback using Asset Forfeiture funds, which is money seized from gangs, drug traffickers, and criminal organizations.
Gun Violence in America, California, & Santa Clara County
The damage brought by gun violence is too common an occurrence in America. As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in 2021, this is a public health crisis that our country has grown to know all too well.
Gun violence is a complex issue that sadly does not have an easy solution. While we work to address the roots of hate, anger, and sadness that drives so much of this violence, we also want to take actions to get guns out of the community.
Gun buyback events go back to the 1960’s in Philadelphia, but it was not until the 1990’s that these events became a more common effort to help reduce gun violence.
We are taking action to end this senseless and heinous gun violence in our communities. We’re also taking action to stop preventable self-harm and violence. While data on the success of gun buyback events is limited, buyback events have helped to collect thousands of unwanted guns and keep weapons off the streets - including here in Santa Clara County. We’re working to save lives.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office held a gun buyback event in Gilroy in 2019 after the Garlic Festival Shooting, and held one for North County in late 2018. These events helped remove hundreds of firearms from our community. The San Jose Police Department held their last buyback event in 2018. It is time for our community to continue to hold these events annually.
After buyback events, firearms acquired by the Santa Clara County’s District Attorney’s Office will be checked to make sure they were not stolen, and the firearms will be stored until they are sent out for destruction. Firearms that are voluntarily surrendered will not be sold.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department has a Gun Relinquishment Program where individuals may turn in any unwanted firearms. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information 408-299-2311 or visit CountySheriff.sccgov.org.
If you know someone who may be a danger to themselves - call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Please visit the County Behavioral Health Services Gun Safety webpage for more information about gun safety.
Here’s what we do know about gun violence:
Gun Violence In America:
- Nearly every American will know at least one victim of gun violence in their lifetime
- 117,345 people are shot every year - Among those 40,620 people die from gun violence
- 321 people are shot in the United States every day - Among those 111 people are killed
- On an average day 100 Americans are killed with guns
- Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed in a gun homicide than people in other high-income countries
- 60% of firearm related deaths in the US are suicides
- The US accounts for just 4% of the world’s population but 35% of global firearm suicides
Gun Violence In California:
- More than 3,100 gun deaths per year - 7.8 Gun Deaths Per 100K
- On average someone is killed with a gun every three hours in California
- The direct costs of gun related hospitalizations in California was estimated at $87.4 million dollars in 2010 - 65% of which was shouldered by taxpayers
Gun Violence In Santa Clara County:
- People in San José owned approximately 250,000 guns in 2020 - figuring 50,000 to 55,500 household own guns
- 122 Gun violence restraining orders, GVRO, were issues in 2019 - nearly four times increase from the prior year
- More than 750 assaults and robberies were committed with a firearm in San Jose in 2019
- Annually, more than 200 people are killed or injured by gunfire in San José
- Annually, San José spends at least $7.9 million responding to shootings
- Law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County took nearly 300 ghost guns off our streets in 2021 - more than double from the prior year
- Firearms are the leading cause of death for American children and teens
- Every day, 22 children and teens, ages 1-17, are shot in the United States - Among those five die from gun violence
- 3 million children are directly exposed to gun violence each year, resulting in death, injury, and lasting trauma
- 1 in 3 homes with children have guns, many left unlocked or loaded
Guns Used For Hate & Domestic Violence:
- 25 million US adults have been threatened or non-fatally injured by an intimate partner with a firearm
- Nearly 1 million women alive today have been shot or shot at by an intimate partner
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increase the risk of the woman being killed by FIVE TIMES
- Women in the United States are 21 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries.
- Every year, an average of 10,300 hate crimes involve firearms - 28 hate crimes involve a firearm each day
- Nearly a fifth of hate crimes are based on sexual identity and gender identity bias. LGBTQ+ are more likely to be targeted for a hate crime more than any other group
Learn more about the Gun Violence Restraining Order law - Speak for Safety website.