Contra Costa County's gun buyback on Aug. 3 yielded over 400 guns for police departments throughout the county to destroy.
Using a "no questions asked" policy, police received 153 guns at the Antioch collection point, approximately 250 at Concord and 105 in Richmond. The three collection points were open to all residents of Contra Costa County.
Although officials raised sufficient funds to cover the cost of hosting the buyback,the cost was still "significant," said Lt. Jim Bergstrom with the Contra Costa District Attorney.
Bergstrom estimated that the county spent approximately $30,000 on gift cards which exchanged for guns. The firearms were a "mixture of pistols, rifles and shotguns." Two assault weapons were collected at the Antioch collection point, where he was working.
"I'm very comfortable with the number of guns we got, and I think we did well," he said, adding that "people were anxious to get rid of their guns," even lining up outside the collection point before the police opened it.
Bergstrom said the county will hold another buyback in the future but explained that there is debate over when that should be.
"Give it a little time, and we'll certainly be able to do it again. We're still thinking about how it should be," he said.