FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s first countywide gun buy-back event will take place Saturday.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county fairgrounds, 900 Fairground Drive. The Solano County Law Enforcement Administrators Association is the event’s primary sponsor, with all county law enforcement agencies participating.
The goal of the operation is simple, according to a press releases announcing the event: Organizers want to get as many illegal and unwanted guns off the streets of Solano County as possible because they know these firearms are often used to commit violent crimes against others and in a variety of tragic scenarios, including suicides.
Up to $100 may be paid for handguns, shotguns and rifles in working condition. Up to $200 may be paid for assault weapons as classified by the state. Gift cards may be issued in lieu of cash, the press release said.
The association asks residents to transport their firearms unloaded and in the trunk of their vehicle. People can turn in guns anonymously, the press release said.
The law enforcement community, public officials, schools, faith-based organizations and private businesses have contributed to the project. The association is also seeking tax-deductible donations for the buy-back event. Donors should make checks out to the Vallejo Police Department with “2013 gun buy-back program” written in the memo section and send them to the department at 111 Amador St., Vallejo, 94590.
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