The supervisor stunned many of the 300 or so gathered inside the board chambers when he talked about monthly "armed prohibited persons'' reports compiled by the state Attorney General's office for local law enforcement agencies.
The program cross-references five databases to find people who have legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996 with people who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. The county's most recent list reveals 529 people who have become ineligible to keep a gun because of felony convictions, restraining orders placed against them, or have been determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others.
Yeager said the latest report indicates those individuals own 1,239 guns, 54 of which are assault weapons. He said he will work with Sheriff Laurie Smith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen to have those residents surrender their guns....
Yeager didn't stop there: He also wants the county to create a gun buyback program that would allow county residents to voluntarily surround their firearms for cash -- no questions asked.
The county buyback is a splendid idea. Counties are often in a better position than cash-strapped cities to afford them. Oakland's Alameda County would be a prime example.
edit: Those 539 people own 1,239 guns?! That's almost two and a half guns per person!!