Goodbye, Guns

A firearm buyback day was held at police stations throughout Marin in September. The goal of programs like this — sweetened with a monetary incentive and amnesty — is to reduce the number of deadly weapons owned by civilians. The September buyback saw all kinds of guns turned in by owners in Marin and many surrounding counties. “There were long rifles, shotguns, sawed-off shotguns, pistols and semiautomatic handguns,” District Attorney Edward Berberian says. Some of the more unnerving weapons included an MP5 submachine gun and a couple of AK-47s. “The MP5 is a fully automatic firearm used in the past by Navy SEALs and clearly not a legal or appropriate firearm for the private citizen,” he adds. Here are some other figures from the buyback.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.