Orange County Sheriff’s Office held their third-annual “gun buyback.” It resulted in a record 262 firearms and 47 pellet guns. Only three of which had been reported stolen.
So what exactly is a gun buyback? It’s an…interesting process to say the least.
The Orange County Sheriff’s office is offering $40 Wal-Mart gift cards in exchange for people anonymously turn in their guns. The goal is to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians. It also offers a way for people to sell their privately owned guns, without risking prosecution, to the government.
“As a community, we have a responsibility to be responsible,” Bishop Kelvin Cobaris said at a Tuesday press conference.
Compared to the 2016 buyback, this year’s event brought in 113 more firearms and 13 more pellet guns, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel said. Law enforcement collected 225 firearms and 33 pellet guns at the first buyback in 2015.
In 2016, a total of 914 guns were reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office, with 479 of them taken during house burglaries and 336 taken during car burglaries, according to data collected by the Sheriff’s Office.
“Once these guns are on the street, there’s absolutely no way to control them,” Orange County Undersheriff Reinaldo Rivero said at a Tuesday press conference.
Would you turn yours in? I know I wouldn’t!