Gun buy-back until 1 p.m. Sunday at the Milpitas Community Center


A gun buyback is taking place Sunday morning in Milpitas, Santa Clara County officials said.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. at the Milpitas Community Center at 475 E. Calaveras Blvd.

People can receive $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns and $200 for ghost weapons and assault weapons. Guns can be dropped off anonymously, county officials said.

No one will ask questions about who owns the gun or where it came from.

“Our community has mourned too many victims of gun violence,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Let’s unite to make our county safer and get unwanted guns off the streets.

Weapons must be in working order and people can drop up to five weapons.

People have to unload each gun and carry them in the trunk of their car. Anyone who lays down a weapon or weapons must stay inside their car.

Funds may be limited. The county allocated $50,000 for the buyout, county officials said in a news release. Compensation will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The buyout aims to keep guns out of reach of people at risk of committing a crime, mentally unstable people and children.

“Gun buyback programs are not just about getting crime guns off the streets,” said Milpitas Police Chief Jared Hernandez. “Every gun we receive is one less weapon available that could be used in a suicide or domestic violence, stolen in a burglary, or accidentally discharged by an unsuspecting child.”

County officials said they will check to see if each gun was reported lost or stolen and returned to the owner if so.

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