Fremont Police Collect 300 Firearms in Gun Buyback

Saturday, Mar 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:23 PM PDT
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Fremont police say they collected more than 300 weapons and distributed more than $50,000 at a gun buyback event today that was financed by an anonymous private donor.

A final count showed the anonymous buyback event for residents of Fremont, Newark and Union City collected 339 weapons including 6 assault rifles, 149 handguns and 184 rifles, police said today.

A total of $50,300 was distributed. All weapons were required to be in working condition and capable of firing a round, and payouts were limited to 10 guns per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many residents were happy to have the guns out of the house, a police spokesman said in statements on Twitter during the buyback event.

At least one person declined any money for his weapon.

Two weeks ago, the Santa Clara County sheriff's department said they received 1,116 guns in a similar guy buyback. They gave out about $114,0000.

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