Police take guns off streets in buyback program
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By Caitlin Cassady, Bay City News Service
April 7, 2007
HAYWARD (BCN) - The Hayward Police Department collected
between 85 and 100 guns today during their annual gun buyback.
Officers received pistols, revolvers, assault weapons, sawed-off
shotguns and rifles, said Hayward Police Lt. Bob Weldon. The Police
Department accepts the weapons anonymously and all weapons surrendered
Citizens who attend the event are given $50 for each operable
weapon that they turn in, according to Weldon. All operable firearms
are accepted, however, pellet guns and BB guns are not considered
a firearm and citizens were not given money for these guns, Weldon
"This is a great opportunity for the public to get rid of
any firearm they may have and no longer want. It is a chance to
increase the safety of every family and the community,'' Hayward
Police Chief Lloyd Lowe said in a prepared statement.
The gun buyback is funded entirely through donations from various
community members and organizations, according to police. No city
funds are used for the event. Major sponsors of this year's event
included Neighborhood Spirit, the Hayward Police Officers' Association,
Hayward Firefighters Local 1909, R. Zaballos and Sons, Inc., San
Communications, Rental Housing Owners Association, Birchfield
Property Management, Housing with Heart, Eden Realty, Jamboree
Housing Corp., Salwan Property and Adamson Police Products.
The buyback took place in the Costco Business Center Parking
lot, located at the intersection of West A Street and Hathaway
Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hayward police hold their annual
gun buyback on the first Saturday of April.
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