The city of Santa Rosa said it acquired 423 firearms for eventual destruction during a recent drive-thru gun buyback event.
The city’s Office of Community Engagement and the Santa Rosa Police Department handed out a total of $76,000 to people who turned over their unwanted firearms, with 47 people donating guns at the Oct. 22 event even after the money ran out, city officials said.
The haul included 409 handguns, shotguns or rifles; eight unregistered “ghost guns” and six assault rifles. People who donated handguns, rifles or shotguns received $200; those donating ghost guns or assault rifles received $300. Those who turned in their guns for no payment received a grateful thank you.
All of the funding for the event came from private donations from the Santa Rosa Police Foundation, Providence Medical Group, and U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, who gave $5,000 toward the cause, as well as state Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire, who donated $2,500.
“Buyback programs like this one help protect our community, save lives and prevent these deadly weapons from falling into the wrong hands,” Thompson said in a statement.