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. Read More
Gun sales in San Francisco are on the rise and are expected to keep increasing in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting late last year. Yet local gun controls leave law enforcement officials with no way of knowing how many firearms — legal or not — are in The City. Read More
An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that not a single new gun regulation would make children safer, that “a media machine” relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack like the one that occurred at a Connecticut elementary school, and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment. Read More
Operation Fast and Furious is a growing scandal. Attorney General Eric Holder must go, but Congress should not stop investigating there, and it needs to ask if Democratic operatives knew anything.
Fast and Furious is the latest variation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivess Operation Gunrunner, which allowed U.S. firearms to go to Mexico. It’s a disaster involving more than 2,000 guns, many now being used in crimes and one used to kill a federal agent. Read More
WHAT: Legally sold U.S. military heavy weapons such as rocket launchers, grenades and automatic M16s are the basic firepower of the out-of-control Mexican drug cartels, according to leaked federal documents.
WHY: Tens of thousands of U.S. firearms and explosives are sold legally to the Mexican government each year — nearly $177 million worth in 2009 alone. Many of these weapons then disappear and are funneled to the cartels. Read More
A Vacaville man was airlifted to a hospital on Sunday after a pipe bomb that was hidden in his morning paper exploded, a police spokesman said.At about 10:20 a.m., Vacaville police received a report of an explosion at Cashel Circle, police spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.When officers arrived, they discovered that when a man went out to get his newspaper it exploded. His condition was not known. Read More
Cops seized seven firearms and shot two gun-loving ex-cons back to prison in the Bayview district this week, police said.On Tuesday, cops visited a Bayview man’s home and found four guns “neatly stashed in a cardboard box, along with a lot of live rounds, extra magazines, a holster a gun case and a gun owner’s manual,” police said.“You never know when you may need a trouble-shooting guide,” police said. Read More