The Pittsburg Police Department announced it will hold its 2022 Anonymous Gun Buyback event on Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at 65 Civic Avenue.
The event is open to all and funds are limited and subject to availability—payments are in gift cards supporting local business. You are also being asked to transport firearms unloaded and in the trunk of a vehicle.
- $50 for non-operable
- $100 for shotguns
- $100 for rifles
- $100 for handguns
- $200 for unserialized / ghost guns
- $200 for assault weapons as classified by California
The program was approved in a 4-0 vote of the Pittsburg City Council back in August. They approved $100k in funding.
The goal is to reduce the guns sold illegally in the community and to reduce the number of associated injuries and deaths. The $100k in funding will not come from the city general fund, but rather from the Pittsburg Power fund balance which would finance the gun buyback program. Any excess funds not utilized at the event will be rolled over to a future firearm and violent crime reduction programs
“The overall goal of this program is to remove guns off the street and out of our community,” said Albanese.
In the past, Albanese said in 2014 and in 2016 recent gun buyback events resulted in 300 firearms turned in. Most recently, San Mateo County, Marin County and Oakland held buybacks and firearms turned into ranged from 130-500 firearms.
90 Day Enforcement Campaign
The gun buyback program comes as Pittsburg Police did a 90-day enforcement campaign (June – Sept.) aimed at taking guns off the streets. It resulted in 103 total firearms including 9 assault rifles. Police said 53% of the firearms were recovered during traffic stops after vehicle code violations. 60% of firearms were ghost guns or not registered—5% were stolen. 35% were prior convicted felons while 54% of those arrested for firearm charges during the campaign were not Pittsburg residents.
For more information, called (925) 252-4184 or visit Pittsburg PD Event page.