San Jose has yet to pull the trigger on gun buybacks

San Jose has yet to pull the trigger on gun buybacks

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo introduced numerous local gun control measures on June 8, including requiring gun owners to have liability insurance. Photo by Lloyd Alaban. A final vote on San Jose’s first-in-the-nation gun control measures is weeks away, but one of its promised provisions is—as of yet—nowhere to be found. While the City Council approved a handful of measures in June, a promise to hold more gun buyback events —where gun owners are able to turn in unwanted firearms in exchange for cash—is still on the horizon with no set date. The already approved gun control measures include requiring all gun shops in the city to audio and video record all firearm purchases . As part of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s gun control plan first unveiled in 2019 after the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and revived just weeks after the May 26 mass shooting at a VTA light rail yard , Liccardo promised gun buyback programs. Liccardo’s office was not immediately available for comment. In 2013, then-Councilmember Xavier Campos sponsored a gun buyback event with the San Jose Police Department—the first in 12 years. Other gun buyback events have been held since then, including events in 2014 and 2016 by then-Councilmember Ash Kalra. The last time the city and SJPD held a gun buyback event was in 2018. “I am not aware of any planned or upcoming gun buybacks,” SJPD spokesperson Sgt. Christian Camarillo told San José Spotlight. At a 2018 SJPD-sponsored buyback , residents who […]

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