Cops Hosting Gun Buyback Event

Santa Barbara city cops will host a second gun “buyback” at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, as part of an anti-gun-violence event promoted by Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and sponsored by Coalition Against Gun Violence. Donors turning in handguns will be given gift certificates of $100, for rifles $200. Event organizers, who congregated in large numbers in front of City Hall dressed in orange ​— ​the color worn by people during hunting season to not get shot ​— ​stressed that the confidentiality of donors would be scrupulously respected. Last year, police collected 291 guns in the immediate aftermath of the Isla Vista shootings.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to state the buyback is next weekend, not this weekend.

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