Monday, May 23, 2022
Supervisor Otto Lee - Mark Tiernan
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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen - Chris Arriola
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Milpitas Police Department - Captain Morales
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First Countywide Gun Buyback Since COVID Brings In More Than 400 Firearms
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA - The Santa Clara County Gun Buyback at the Milpitas Community Center on May 22, 2022, saw more than 400 firearms voluntarily turned in by residents in the first buyback event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to $100 was offered per handgun or rifle and $200 per assault weapon or ghost gun. Free gun locks were provided to residents to help promote gun safety.
This successful event was a collaborative effort by Supervisor Otto Lee, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Milpitas Police Department and City of Milpitas, and included law enforcement support from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of San José, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Los Gatos.
Firearms from this event will be destroyed unless they are found to be stolen and returned to their owner.
“Together, our community has come one step closer to making Santa Clara County safer by getting unwanted guns off the streets,” District Attorney Rosen noted. “Let’s continue on this same path to end gun violence.”
“We are thankful to all of our neighbors that voluntarily turned in these unwanted firearms today. When we look at the harm and impacts of gun violence, it’s important to hold these events frequently as a service to our community, to help responsible gun owners with no need for the firearms to dispose of them safely,” said Supervisor Lee. “I want us to hold these events annually in various parts of our County to stop incidents of gun violence that are preventable. More than 75% of non-fatal injuries are unintentional or accidental, and self-harm makes up for 60% of gun deaths - the guns we collected today will help save lives.”
Chris Arriola and Hugo Meza led this effort from the District Attorney’s Office and Chief Jared Hernandez and Captain Frank Morales led this effort on behalf of the Milpitas Police Department.
Updated information on the event will be shared once the firearms collected are fully reviewed. Please contact any office individually for additional information.
[UPDATED May 24, 2022]
182 vehicles attended the May 22, 2022 Event
415 Firearms were voluntarily turned in
$42,500 was spent on the gun purchases
Of the weapons collected:
Handgun: 176 Rifle: 145
Shotgun: 73 Assault Weapon: 14
Ghost Gun: 7
May 2022 Gun Buyback Event and exchange details are available online at:
If you know someone who may be a danger to themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For information on gun safety, visit the County Behavioral Health Services Gun Safety webpage.
If you would like to learn more about the Gun Violence Restraining Order law, visit the Speak for Safety website.
Photos from the event:
Chief Jared Hernandez, Milpitas Police Department; Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen; County Supervisor Otto Lee.