A gun buyback event in San Mateo Saturday collected more than 680 firearms, including 24 assault weapons, 338 hand guns and 371 long guns, according to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
A total of $63,500 was handed out at the event, which took place at the San Mateo Event Center. Gun owners were offered up to $100 cash for handguns, shotguns or rifles and up to $200 for assault weapons, no questions asked.
Officials also collected a 100-round capacity magazine, 30-round capacity magazines, a sawed-off shotgun and a street sweeper. "Every weapon turned in is one less life that might be lost or damaged by a firearm, whether accidentally or intentionally," Speier said in a statement.
The buyback was sponsored jointly by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks, Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Speier.