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Assault weapons among some 700 firearms brought in for San Mateo County gun buyback

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San Mateo County officials received 24 assault weapons in Saturday’s buyback.

Officials say nearly 700 guns are off the streets of San Mateo County and are in the hands of law enforcement officials after the latest in a series of what authorities across the Bay Area have been describing as successful gun buyback programs.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rebecca Rosenblatt, a spokeswoman for the department, said 680 guns — including 24 assault weapons — were turned in during Saturday’s buyback, which was held at the San Mateo Event Center.

In addition to the assault weapons, Rosenblatt said preliminary numbers show that 371 long guns, or rifles, and 285 handguns also were turned over to officials.

In exchange for the guns, officials said they paid up to $100 in cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 for an assault rifle.

Officials said more than $63,000 in cash was paid out in exchange for the weapons.

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