Gun Owners Can Get Cash For Firearms at Oakland Events

Gun owners will be able to trade their firearms for cash at three events in Oakland next month.

The gun-buyback program was announced by State Senate President
Don Perata outside a music school where a piano student was struck
and partially paralyzed by a stray bullet last week.

Perata was joined by the parents of 10-year-old Christopher Rodriquez at the news conference in Oakland.

Gun owners will receive $250 in cash - no questions asked - for each weapon surrendered at the three events on Feb. 9.

The program is being organized by Perata's office, local clergy and the Alameda County Public Health Agency.

Perata himself was carjacked at gunpoint last month in North Oakland, not far from where the boy was shot.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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