City of Chula Vista considering gun buyback program

City already has gun giveback program

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The City of Chula Vista is considering its own gun buyback program. Before it does, Mayor Cheryl Cox told 10News she hoped residents first consider giving back their guns first.

The Chula Vista City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution supporting federal legislation to toughen gun laws.

"Chula Vista's one of the top three safest cities in San Diego County," said Cox. "I'd like to see Chula Vista stay in that position."

In the meantime, the city, police department and school leaders are already working together on a number of ideas to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook from ever happening in the South Bay city. That includes a gun buyback program.

"If it's in your house, get it out of the hands of a child. Get it out of the hands of an angry teenager," said Cox.

In the next few days, the police department will also start promoting a program they have had for years but no one really knew about: a gun giveback program.

"For years, we have allowed people to call us up, come out, pick up a firearm," said Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge. "We've done that."

In the future, the Chula Vista Police Department will allow people to drop off their guns as long as they make arrangements ahead of time. Cox said she would prefer citizens give back their guns for free and think about safety first.

"Personally, I think people in Chula Vista want to do the right thing," she said.

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