Gun owners could trade their weapons for holiday shopping money at San Jose's upcoming gun buyback, while police can take illegal firearms off the streets—no questions asked.
The Dec. 13 event has brought together some unlikely co-sponsors, namely Councilman Xavier Campos and Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen. Last year, Campos invoked the Fifth Amendment at a grand jury hearing to avoid answering questions about George Shirakawa Jr.'s alleged involvement in a political mail fraud scandal. In a subsequent interview Campos said he refused to answer questions because he does not trust the DA's office.
Also helping organize the buyback: Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), county Supervisor Cindy Chavez and the San Jose Police Foundation.
Police will check each gun collected to see if it was lost or stolen. If lost, it will be returned to its registered owner. Other firearms will be destroyed.
People who turn in a gun get a gift card: $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns, and $200 for assault weapons. Guns must be unloaded and packed in the car trunk. No walk-ups, no ammo. Weapons also have to be functional.
The police foundation raised money for the buyback, the second hosted by Campos' District 5 office after a 12-year break. The event was revived last year, when police collected 463 guns, more than twice what Oakland and San Francisco culled at similar events, and shelled out $46,000 in Target gift cards.
A county-sponsored gun buyback earlier that same year netted more than 1,100 firearms, including 46 assault rifles.
WHAT: Gun buyback
WHEN: 9-10am Saturday
WHERE: PAL Stadium, 680 S. 34th St., San Jose
INFO: www.sjdistrict5.com or 408.535.4947 (anonymous)