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August 20, 2010 > Cops host gun buyback

Cops host gun buyback

By Meenu Gupta

Hayward Police Department will hold its annual gun buyback on Saturday, August 21. Police will offer $50 cash per piece for operable firearms turned in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Hayward Police Department located at 300 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward.

With the success of this event, Hayward Police Crime Prevention Supervisor Rick Blanton turned the gun exchange into an annual event in 2003. The gun exchange gives gun owners the chance to remove rifles and handguns from their homes houses in a safe and responsible manner, reducing crime as the weapons don't end up in the hands of criminals through burglaries.

Acceptable guns must be operable to be eligible for the cash payment. Pellet or paint guns are not accepted in this program. No questions are asked during gun exchange and no I.D., fingerprinting or pictures will be requested. Once turned in, police examine serial numbers to see if the weapon is stolen or involved in any crimes. If there is no negative history, the weapon is melted.

Hayward Police Department Gun Exchange
Saturday, August 21
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hayward Police Department
300 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward
(510) 293-7026

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