DALY CITY, CA — According to Daly City authorities, 48 weapons were taken off the streets, thanks to the city’s first ever gun buy-back program.
“We are trying to be proactive in an effort to let the community know if there are guns that are not being needed or wanted, we are here to resolve that issue,” says Daly City Councilman Ray Buenaventura.
“Now more than ever, it’s so important to get even one gun off the street, and saving one life is immeasurable,” said Juslyn Manalo, the city’s vice mayor.
The event was coordinated by the Daly City police department, whose goal was to make the process as safe and simple as possible.
San Mateo County supervisor and Daly City native David Canepa said the buy back was funded partially through a voter-approved measure.
“We’ve given $5,000 of our district K money to this and I believe the total event is to the tune of $30,000.”
12th District Congresswoman Jackie Speier — whose district includes Daly City — said she was proud of the local leadership that has stepped up in gun protection, compared to Congress.
“This is not a controversial issue, and yet in Congress we can’t pass a bill that will finally close a loophole that allows people who are felons, allows people who are mentally unstable, allows people who have committed domestic violence crimes, allows them to go to the internet or to gun shows in many jurisdictions to buy a gun no questions asked,” Speier said.
A sawed off shotgun was one of the notable illegal weapons turned in.
Daly City officials say they would like to host more gun buy back events in the near future.