SAN MATEO -- Six weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, San Mateo County leaders will offer cash to people who turn in their guns at the county Event Center.
The anonymous "gun buyback" on Saturday will be co-hosted by Rep. Jackie Speier, who earlier this month was named vice chairwoman of a congressional committee on gun-violence prevention. Speier, D-Hillsborough, was shot five times during a 1978 fact-finding mission to Jonestown in Guyana.
"Gun buybacks are a powerful tool to make our streets and schools safer," Speier said in a statement. "There is no reason we need 90 weapons per 100 Americans, making the U.S. the most heavily armed society in the world."
Participants will receive up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles and as much as $200 for assault rifles. The weapons must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of a car.
County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Sheriff Greg Munks are also hosting the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Event Center is located at 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo.
Tissier said sometimes people own guns but aren't sure of a safe way get rid of them. The supervisor found herself in that position in 2005 when she was sorting through her late father's belongings and found an old hunting rifle.
"I didn't know what to do with this rifle," Tissier said. "I wanted it out of the house."
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