Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, on Friday announced he has teamed up with the Alameda County Public Health Agency and faith-based community leaders to hold a “One Less Gun” voluntary gun buyback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland; True Vine Ministries, 896 Isabella St. in Oakland; and Christian Cathedral, 2433 Coolidge Ave. in Oakland. It’s $250 for each firearm brought in; all weapons collected will be destroyed.
The announcement came one week after the shooting of Christopher Rodriguez, a 10-year-old boy left partially paralyzed by a robber’s stray bullet; the boy was taking a piano lesson at the time in North Oakland, just blocks away from where Perata was the victim of a carjacking in December. Rodriguez’s parents joined the senator to endorse the program.