SAN MATEO (BCN) – San Mateo County authorities said Wednesday that they collected 425 firearms at a gun buyback event in San Carlos last weekend.

The county on Saturday held the first of five such buyback events it will hold through 2023 and paid $100 per handgun, shotgun or rifle and $200 per assault weapon.

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Among the 425 guns collected, six were assault weapons and three were untraceable “ghost” guns, county officials said.

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Last month, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved spending up to $208,000 in reserves from revenue collected via Measure K, a 2016 voter-approved extension of a half-cent sales tax. The county Sheriff’s Office added $100,000 and the community group Citizens for a San Mateo County Gun Buyback contributed $67,000 to fund the events.

Two more of the gun buyback events will be held in 2022, according to the county.

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