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File #: 22-265    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Passed
File created: 3/24/2022 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 1
On agenda: 4/19/2022 Final action: 4/19/2022
Title: Introduction of an ordinance amending section 3.53.030 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to add an exception to the prohibition on firearm possession on County Property, permitting a person to possess a firearm for the purpose of immediately turning in that firearm to the San Mateo County Sheriff or any person or persons designated by the Sheriff at a County-sanctioned firearm buyback event taking place on that County Property, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety
Sponsors: Dave Pine, Don Horsley
Attachments: 1. 20220419_io_FirearmsOnCountyProperty.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Supervisor Dave Pine, District 1
Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3

Subject: Exception to the prohibition of firearm possession on County Property, permitting a person to possess a firearm for the purpose of immediately turning in that firearm to the San Mateo County Sheriff at a County-sanctioned firearm buyback event taking place on that County Property.

RECOMMENDATION:
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Introduction of an ordinance amending section 3.53.030 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to add an exception to the prohibition on firearm possession on County Property, permitting a person to possess a firearm for the purpose of immediately turning in that firearm to the San Mateo County Sheriff or any person or persons designated by the Sheriff at a County-sanctioned firearm buyback event taking place on that County Property, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety
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BACKGROUND:
According to the California Department of Justice, firearms transactions in the state have grown in recent years, tripling from 2007 to a peak in 2016, before leveling off by 2018 to 2019. This leveling off was short lived, with 2020 setting the record for the most handguns sold in a year.

A firearm buyback event is an event at which individuals can turn in unwanted firearms to law enforcement in exchange for a cash incentive. The goal of a firearm buyback event is to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths by taking unwanted firearms off the street and out of homes, while also providing an opportunity for the safe disposal of unwanted or unsecured firearms. Gun buyback events also provide an opportunity for the safe disposal of unwanted or unsecured firearms, especially by gun owners who would not otherwise know how to do so. Studies link deaths by firearm suicide to the number of households where firearms are present.

The County of San Mateo hosted four su...

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