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Fremont police to hold gun buyback Saturday

By Chris DeBenedetti
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 6:08 pm in Uncategorized.

Fremont police is scheduled to host a gun buyback event Saturday, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said Thursday.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Fremont fire training facility, at 7200 Stevenson Blvd. Police said that no public funds are being spent. Anonymous donors have given $50,300 for police to spend on buying back the firearms and the event will continue until the cash is gone.

“It ends when the money runs out. We won’t be doing IOUs,” Bosques said. “If there’s no money left and people are still in line, they can either relinquish the weapon for free or they can take the weapon with them and wait for another buyback event.”

All guns received in the buyback eventually will be melted down and turned into industrial construction products, she said. All event participants must arrive in a vehicle; no walk-ups will be allowed, Bosques said.

Buyback prices will range from $100 to $300.

“The anonymous donor said we’d like to donate money if you do a gun buyback in an effort to take unwanted guns off the street, to prevent them from getting in the hands of people who would use them to conduct a crime,” Bosques said.

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  • Jasper Stein

    A good program, hope other Cities follow suit

  • Tony Irvington

    A follow-up to this story about the facility where the guns are melted down would be much appreciated Chris. Even better, and more appropriate, would be a story with photos of the actual guns from Saturday’s buyback being melted down and showing what they were either made into or going to be used in.

    Do you think that’s possible? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  • Chris De Benedetti

    That’s a good story idea, Tony. I’ll add it to my list of long-term projects. It would be cool to follow the firearm and see where/how/if it ends up somewhere. I can’t promise I’ll do it, but I’ll give it a try. Thanks, man.

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  • Tony Irvington

    Thank you gentlemen, it does seem that IF is the operable word, I think you’ll agree.

    Chris, if you do do this story, I trust that you, unlike your colleagues in Seattle, will provide relevant, conclusive images or at least something more distinguishable than stock photographs.

  • Marty

    It would be funny if Smith and Wesson had a rebar buy back program.

  • charlie C

    #6…Would Vinnie Bacon would oppose it for political points?

  • JD Rich

    Nice try do-gooders. The guns turned in are just being replaced with new ones. Thanks to the gun manufactures, who churn out thousands of brand new ones every year. For the latest models just drive 4 hrs east and pick one up hassle free.