The Lodi Police Department will hold a gun buy back event in an attempt to reduce gang-related crime within Lodi.
The buy back, funded by a California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention grant issued to the city of Lodi, begins at 9 a.m. April 20, in the parking lot of City Hall, 221 W. Pine St. The event will end when the money runs out.
Lodi Police modeled the program after the city of Oakland's One Less Gun event, which has recovered "hundreds, if not thousands, of guns over the years," said Sgt. Sierra Brucia of the Lodi Police Department.
"This provides an opportunity for people to get rid of unwanted firearms," he said. "Some people receive them as inheritances or from family members and they don't want them."
Brucia added that the program makes guns less available to criminals, including those who burglarize homes and steal firearms that are not properly locked up.
The Lodi Police Department will purchase inoperative guns for $25, shotguns, rifles and handguns for $100, and assault rifles for $200.
Ammunition will not be purchased, but will be accepted.
There is a maximum purchase of $500 per person. No questions will be asked at the time of the exchange. Proof of Lodi residency is required.
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