Marin Gun Buy Back Runs Out of Cash

By Marla Miller
|  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 7:50 AM PDT
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Marin Gun Buy Back Runs Out of Cash

NBC10 Philadelphia - Catherine Brown

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Marin County's district attorney has a good problem. The county's first ever gun buy back program was such a huge success, it ran out of money to pay for the returned gun Tuesday afternoon with hours still to go in the program.

Residents of Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties pulled into four different buy back station Tuesday where law enforcement officers carefully retrieved guns of all kinds, offering owners up to $200 per firearm.

Most of those who surrendered their guns did so with the Sandy Hook school massacre on their minds. They were also reminded that today marks what would have been the 84th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., himself a victim of gun violence.

"I've had them for years, I don't use them, I don't feel any need to keep them around, and cash is better at this point, you know, pay some bills," Norm Harris said.

Those who surrendered their guns after the cash ran out got vouchers to be redeemed in 30 days.

The DA will be working until then to raise more reimbursement money.

The total number of guns that were turned in was 827, according to Marin County officials. 

All of the guns collected Tuesday will be destroyed.

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