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File #: 22-5636    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Financial Authorization Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/13/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Request by the Sheriff's Office for approval of $1,096,000 for the HCSO and/or partnering Commissioner Precincts to host up to eight gun buyback events allowing gun owners to surrender personal firearms in exchange for gift cards, funded by the FLEX Fund (1040).
Attachments: 1. 22-5636 Sheriff-Gun Buyback.pdf
Department: Sheriff
Department Head/Elected Official: Ed Gonzalez, Sheriff

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Supplemental RCA

Type of Request: Financial Authorization

Project ID (if applicable): N/A
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable):N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Goal not applicable to request

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request by the Sheriff's Office for approval of $1,096,000 for the HCSO and/or partnering Commissioner Precincts to host up to eight gun buyback events allowing gun owners to surrender personal firearms in exchange for gift cards, funded by the FLEX Fund (1040).
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Background and Discussion:
Gun buyback events allow gun owners to voluntarily and safely surrender personal firearms to Harris County Sheriff's Office personnel (and/or personnel from participating municipal law enforcement agencies), in exchange for gift cards. The program goals are to take unwanted firearms out of the community, thus reducing the potential for them to cycle through illegal networks or end up as potential hazards in the home.



Expected Impact:
Gun buyback efforts are expected to lower gun violence by reducing the number of guns in civilian hands. Jurisdictions hosting similar programs have collected between 560 to more than 800 firearms per event. A budget of $1,096,000 would provide gift cards for up to 4,000 participants.




Alternative Options:
If Commissioners Court chooses not to approve this program, HCSO and participating precincts will not be able to host the gun buyback events.



Alignment with Goal(s):
x_ Justice and Safety
_ Economic Opportunity
_ Housing
_x Public Health
_ Transportation
_ Flooding
_ Environment
_ Governance and Customer Service

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Location:
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