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Saturday Gun Buyback In San Mateo Nets Hundreds Of Weapons

SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — A gun buyback event in San Mateo Saturday collected more than 680 firearms, including 24 assault weapons, 338 hand guns and 371 long guns, according to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

A total of $63,500 was handed out at today’s event, which took place at the San Mateo Event center.

Gun owners were offered up to $100 cash for handguns, shot guns or rifles and up to $200 for assault weapons, no questions asked.

Officials also collected a 100 round capacity magazine, 30 round capacity magazines, a sawed-off shotgun and a street sweeper.

“Every weapon turned in is one less life that might be lost of damaged by a firearm, whether accidentally or intentionally,” Speier said in a statement.

The buyback was sponsored jointly by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks, Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Speier.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will issue final numbers on Monday.

The San Mateo County buyback came after hundreds of guns were turned over in exchange for cash in recent buyback programs in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin County.

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