Pittsburg police say their recent stepped-up 90-day enforcement campaign, meant to deter violent crime and get guns off the street, was a big success.
“This was both an educational and enforcement operation that netted 103 total firearms including nine assault rifles,” the department said in a Facebook post, adding there’s been some positive trends when it comes to violent crime. “The good news is that the district attorney’s office has filed charges on 90 percent of cases from this campaign.”
The increased enforcement took place from June 1 to Sept. 1, during which “there was a significant decrease in firearm-related crimes in Pittsburg,” police said.
The number of shootings during the three months went down 40 percent from the same period in 2021. The number of aggravated assaults, robberies, and homicides involving firearms went down 50 percent for the same period.
The total number of violent crimes committed during the period went down 36 percent.
There was a 58 percent increase in confiscated firearms compared to the same period in 2021. There was also a 98 percent increase when compared to the three-month moving average the past five years.
Sixty percent of the guns confiscated were ghost guns (without serial numbers). Fifty-three percent of the guns were found during traffic stops.
Approximately 54 percent of those arrested for weapons violations were not Pittsburg residents, police said. About 35 percent of the people arrested were priorly convicted felons.
The department plans to hold an anonymous gun buyback event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Ave. Participants can receive $50 for non-operable weapons and $100 or $200 for other types of operable guns. Payment will be made in the form of gift cards. For more information, call the department at 925-252-4184.