Illegal guns found during local SJPD Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoint
Efforts within San Jose Police Department to control gun violence have begun with offering overtime to patrol officers who wish to participate in Sobriety/Driver License Checkpoints, in which a number of DUI suspects caught has also resulted in the removal of illegal firearms, from not only unlicensed drivers but from unlicensed gun owners as well.
With the arrests such as 20-year-old Anthony Jahaad for receiving a stolen gun, 42-year-old Raymond Ortiz for being a Felon in possession of a hand gun, 28-year-old David Kang for possession of an illegal firearm, the increase of of guns on the street can not only be reduced but violent crimes committed with assault weapons and firearms can be reduced.
According to Albert Morales “DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.”
Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. Morales said “Funding for this checkpoint is provided to San Jose Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to report drunk drivers and call 9-1-1.”
Other programs such as San Jose’s Gun Buyback program have been put in place to help further reduce the amount of stolen guns and illegal firearms, and keep them out of the hands of young children and teens.
Funding for San Jose’s gun buyback program comes from fundraisers through www.gunxgun.org/sj, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, San Jose Police Foundation, City of San Jose Police Department, along with District 2 County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, California State Assembly, Democratic Caucus Assembly Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos, and United States House of Representatives Mike Honda.
The San Jose gun buyback is expected to be held December 13 at the PAL Stadium located at 680 S. 34th Street in San Jose from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. However when arriving, the entrance to the stadium is located at 647 S. King Rd. You will need to make a turn into Emma Prusch Farm Park, then follow several signs leading to the stadium. The San Jose Police Department is requesting that all firearms be unloaded and placed in the trunk of your vehicle. Last year’s gun buyback was considered very successful with more than 400 guns recovered during the event. Video of 2013 event.
Stolen firearms will be returned to their respective owners. All others will be taken to a metal recycling center and destroyed. The gun buyback is to offer those with stolen firearms to do the right thing and return them without being prosecuted.