Authorities Say MLK Day Is the Perfect Time to Get Rid of Your Gun
Marin is hosting its own gun buy-back event, extending the invitation to residents in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Sonoma counties. So cancel your plans to hit the shooting range on Jan. 15 and Jan. 21 so you can drive to the North Bay and hand over your (working) weapons to the cops.
No, this isn't some trap to catch crooks; it's more like a last-ditch effort to get guns out of the hands of crooks. To ensure this happens, the county is offering up cash for your cache. Each firearm will net gun owners $100, and $200 if they're willing to turn over operable semi-automatic handguns or semi-automatic long guns.
No questions asked.
"Sometimes we need to come together taking one small step that empowers the average individual with the ability to do something," Marin District Attorney Ed Berberian said in a statement. "I personally believe we are a society with too many guns simply sitting in garages, closets, drawers and who knows where else. Our community has seen these weapons appear in our neighborhoods and streets.
"Let's take a step to reduce the total number of these weapons," he added.
Authorities say these two days couldn't be a more appropriate time to get rid of your guns; Jan. 15 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and Jan. 21 is MLK Day, where the nation will honor the civil rights activist, who was a nonviolent man himself. MLK was shot to death April 4, 1968.
In any event, you can honor MLK by dropping off your firearm at the following locations:
Police departments in Novato, San Rafael, and Larkspur; the Point Reyes substation of the Marin County Sheriff's office; and St. Andrew's Church in Marin City. All locations will accept the guns between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Don't forget some sort of documentation proving you are a resident in one of the four counties. Don't worry, that documentation won't be used to open up any police reports.