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More than 400 guns were purchased during a weekend buyback program offered by Santa Clara County, at an event held at the Milpitas Community Center.
County officials offered up to $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns and up to $200 for ghost guns and assault weapons, no questions asked. They also offered free gun locks at the event.
In a Facebook post, Milpitas Police said the event took in 415 firearms, including 176 pistols, 145 rifles, 73 shotguns, 14 assault rifles, and seven illegal “ghost” guns — so named because they do not bear serial numbers and cannot be traced by law enforcement when used to commit crimes.
Guns collected at the event are checked to determine if they have been lost or stolen, and in certain cases are returned to their lawful owners. All other weapons are destroyed.
The event was a collaborative effort by Supervisor Otto Lee, the 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 Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Los Gatos.