Oakland County hosting gun buyback events on Oct. 22: How it works

A black handgun on black cloth, with ammunition (Tom Def on Unsplash)

Oakland County is hosting a gun buyback event in October in four different locations across the county.

Seven local law enforcement agencies and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will host the event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will receive generic Visa-type gift cards in exchange for the weapons. They will receive $100 in exchange for handguns, $200 for long guns and $300 for assault rifles. In addition, participants will be asked to provide identifying information when turning in firearms.

The Board approved $45,000 for the Oakland County Gun Buyback Pilot Program on September 1. Through the program, the Board has provided funding to local law enforcement agencies to cover the costs of planning, hosting and administering the gun buyback events. Voluntary gun buyback programs provide a safe, legal way for residents to dispose of unwanted firearms and can help reduce the number of weapons potentially accessible to children, youth and vulnerable individuals.

“Working with our local police departments and listening to our community gun safety leaders as we continue our efforts to reduce violence in our communities has been inspiring and encouraging,” Board Vice Chairwoman Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township) said. “Our goal in providing this space for residents to voluntarily turn in their unwanted guns is that it will have a positive impact in our community.”

Here’s where the events are taking place on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

St. David’s Episcopal Church

16200 W. 12 Mile Road

Southfield, MI 48076

Hosted by Lathrup Village and Southfield Police Departments


Royal Oak Police Department

450 E. Eleven Mile Road

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Hosted by Berkley and Royal Oak Police Departments


Auburn Hills Police Department

1899 N. Squirrel Road

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Hosted by Auburn Hills and Bloomfield Township Police Departments


Ferndale City Hall Parking Lot

300 E. Nine Mile Road

Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Hosted by the Ferndale Police Department

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