News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Tri-City Anonymous Gun Buy Back Event Slated for February 23
Contact : Veronica Barries, Officer, East Palo Alto Police Department    650-521-1938
Palo Alto, CA -- A collaborative effort between three police departments and a local non-profit organization is bringing an anonymous gun buy back event to East Palo Alto on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

The East Palo Alto Police Department, Menlo Park Police Department, and Palo Alto Police Department have joined forces and partnered with Protect Our Children, Inc. to sponsor the event.  The goal of the event is to reduce the number of firearms in our communities.

Local residents are invited to anonymously surrender operable firearms in the parking lot of East Palo Alto City Hall at 2415 University Avenue in East Palo Alto on Saturday, February 23, 2013, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  In exchange for each operable firearm surrendered, people will receive up to $300 cash depending on the type of firearm ($100 for a handgun, $200 for a rifle or shotgun, or $300 for an assault weapon).  Cash is limited and subject to availability.

Guns will be accepted anonymously by police officers, with no questions asked.  No names or license plates will be recorded.  The guns will be marked for destruction.

In order to maintain the safest possible atmosphere, police ask that firearms be brought to the event unloaded and left in the trunks of vehicles until officers on scene provide further safe-handling instructions.

This event is part of Operation SMART (Strategic Multi-Agency Response Team), a collaborative effort of the police departments of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto launched in November 2012 to address the recent increase in gang violence in our communities.

"This multi-agency gun buy back event provides residents a safe venue to remove unwanted firearms from our community," said Chief Ron Davis of the East Palo Alto Police Department.  “It reinforces a strong collaboration between the police agencies in enhancing public safety.”

“The Menlo Park Police Department is pleased to be participating in this program to get guns off of our streets and out of our communities,” said Interim Police Chief Lee Violett of the Menlo Park Police Department.  “We would like to thank the Palo Alto Police Department and the founders of Protect Our Children, Inc. for spearheading this effort.”

“It makes sense for our three communities to pool our resources and come together around an event like this,” said Chief Dennis Burns of the Palo Alto Police Department.  “It will benefit all of us.  We very much appreciate the efforts of Protect Our Children, Inc. to enable us all to host this important community event.”

Protect Our Children, Inc. is a newly-formed locally-based community group that has applied to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information or to donate, please visit

The police chiefs of the three law enforcement agencies, along with other local dignitaries as well as representatives from Protect Our Children, Inc. will hold a press conference at the conclusion of the event at 2:30 p.m.  Media representatives attending the press conference are respectfully asked to RSVP to the designated public information officer for the event, Officer Veronica Barries from the East Palo Alto Police Department.  She can be reached at 650-521-1938 or via e-mail at