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Capitola Police Chief Seeks To Ban Gun Shows, Start Gun-Buyback Program

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Police Chief Rudy Escalante voiced the ways Capitola could be made safer.

The debate over stricter gun regulation has been a contentious topic around the U.S. – and now in Capitola.

Police Chief Rudy Escalante is seeking to ban gun shows, and start a gun-buyback program, he announced at a Capitola City Council meeting on Wednesday night, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

Escalante said that no gun show has occurred or been requested in Capitola.

Currently anyone can turn in a firearm free of charge to the police department to be destroyed, and the department provides free gun-locking devices upon request.

For the gun-buyback or turn-in, Escalante said he would work with local faith communities and nonprofits, although the discussions are still in the beginning stages. 

Chuck February 15, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I have a lot of respect for Chief Escalante, but I am afraid this degrades it a bit. Why are we addressing a "problem" that does not exist? With no history of gun shows and no requests for any such shows on the horizon, why bother? I am guessing the Chief is answering to requests from the city manager and council to come up with something. To me, it is another "feel good" ordinance that occurs in small towns that are looking to nitpick over little things. Another post I read in the Sentinel made me laugh-- the City's polar bear abatement program has saved many lives. That about sums it up.

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