The Livermore Police Department collected nearly 100 firearms, along with ammunition and gun magazines, during its first gun buyback event, held on Nov. 5 at Cornerstone Fellowship.
The department reported that the participants "included people who inherited firearms and didn't know what to do with them. Many appreciated the service to safely discard them. Others chose not to have guns in their home so they wouldn't end up in the wrong hands."
The total haul saw people turn in 94 firearms, including one gun that had been reported stolen, along with 26 gun magazines and 55 pounds of ammunition, according to the department.
"We are pleased with the success of our gun buyback and want to thank our faith-based and law enforcement partners who helped with the event," Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young told Livermore Vine. "This event allowed those who no longer wanted to own a firearm with a safe option."
The city-operated program offered a $100 Safeway gift card to each person who submitted an operable gun, with $8,300 worth handed out overall that day -- non-operable guns, plus ammo and magazines, were also accepted but not eligible for a gift card.