The East Palo Alto Police Department will hold its fourth gun buyback event on Saturday, May 5, the Police Department has announced.
Police initiated the buyback program in 2009 in response to the accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old by a 12-year-old who found a rifle in a garage. The program provides community members with a safe venue and incentive to remove unwanted guns from their homes. To date, police have purchased more than 200 firearms.
Residents can bring the guns to the parking lot of City Hall, 2415 University Ave., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The first 150 functional firearms turned in will be purchased for $100 each, the department said.
Participants are asked to take all safety precautions when handling the firearms: transport the guns unloaded in the trunk of their vehicles; and stay in their vehicles until contacted by staff.