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Marin county district attorney announces gun buyback program

Residents of Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties can be compensated for the surrender of firearms on January 15, 2013 and January 21, 2013.

In addressing school officials and law enforcement personnel in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, District Attorney Ed Berberian stated his office would assist in organizing a local community-based program to do something more than just comment on the horror of the incident.

District Attorney Berberian noted: “Sometimes we need to come together taking one small step that empowers the average individual with the ability to do something. I personally believe we are a society with too many guns simply sitting in garages, closets, drawers and who knows where else. Our community has seen these weapons appear in our neighborhoods and streets. Let’s take a step to reduce the total number of these weapons. Let’s have a day where we go to our local police agencies across the county and turn in these guns.”

January 15, 2013, was selected as the primary date to mark our commitment to curb the violence that has plagued our streets and invaded our schools. January 15, 2013, is a day our nation honors a man of non-violence (Dr. Martin Luther King).

Dr. King died in act of senseless gun violence. On that day an opportunity is provided for individual members of our community to take a positive step that demonstrates our commitment to non-violence. The act of surrendering firearms would be consistent with Dr. King’s teachings and be a galvanizing force for broad based community action.

Endorsing the program and joining in this effort are all of Marin’s police jurisdictions, the Marin County Sheriff, all five members of the County’s Board of Supervisors, Marin County’s Superintendent of Schools, local mayors and city/town council members and California’s Attorney General. The program is built on a “no questions asked” approach with the emphasis on reducing the number of firearms readily accessible at times when individuals (adults and/or juveniles) may not be competent to either handle or decide the need for their use.

Individuals surrendering operable semi-automatic handguns and/or semi-automatic long guns will receive $200 for each firearm. Any individual surrendering any other category of an operable firearm will receive $100 for each firearm.

Documentation showing the person surrendering the firearm is a resident of Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa or Sonoma County will be required. This is a “no questions asked” program; therefore, no police investigative report will be opened or generated.

The five firearm surrender locations on January 15th will be:

1) the Novato Police Department, 909 Machin Avenue, Novato;

2) the San Rafael Police Department, 1400 Fifth Avenue, San


3) the Larkspur police facility of the Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur;

4) St. Andrew’s Church, 101 Donahue, Marin City; and

5) the Pt. Reyes Substation of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, 101 4th Street, Pt. Reyes. The hours of operation will be from 11:00 a.m.. to 8:00 p.m. No ammunition should be in any of these firearms when they are brought to the surrender locations.

All funding for the program has been generated locally. The county has committed $10,000, the Marin Community Foundation from two of its administered trusts have contributed an additional $20,000 with the general community mailing individual contributions to the District Attorney that have added to date an additional $10,000 to support this effort.

A second surrender date has been scheduled for January 21, 2013, at the San Rafael Police Department and the Mill Valley Police Department. Again the hours of operation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The San Rafael Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office will be jointly operating this location. The Mill Valley Police Department, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley, will be the second surrender location and will also be open from 11 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

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