October 21, 2014
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - San Mateo County officials say so many cars were in line for a gun buyback program set for Saturday that they decided to get started a little early.
Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center.
The buyback was scheduled to run between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but more than an hour before the event was scheduled to begin cars were already lined up down a street approaching the center.
Officials say by 11 a.m. they had already collected more than 200 firearms.
The San Mateo County buyback comes after hundreds of guns were turned over in exchange for cash in similar recent buyback programs in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin County.
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