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Hayward Police Holding Gun Buy-Back Event

HAYWARD (BCN) - Police are attempting to disarm dangerous situations in Hayward before they happen through the department's annual gun buy-back event set to take place Saturday.

The guns will be accepted on a "no questions asked" basis, and all firearms are ultimately destroyed, according to police.

To date, the Police Department has retired 700 unwanted firearms.

"These are guns that will not fall into the hands of gang members or other criminals and can never become the instrument of a tragic event," crime prevention specialist Rick Blanton said in a statement.

The event was scheduled to take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the South Hayward BART station overflow parking lot, which is located across the street from the station on Dixon Street.

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