May 30, 2014
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KTVU (Ch. 2) offered a stunning report earlier this week: The Richmond Police Department seizes an average one gun per day.

That’s the figure Police Chief Chris Magnus reportedly gave to the news station Wednesday. While that number might seem disconcerting, police say getting the guns off the streets is partly why violent crime has been on the decline in Richmond.

“Having these guns recovered definitely makes me feel better,” Sgt. Eric Smith with the homicide unit told KTVU. “And we know they will not be used in another crime. So it is important to get them off the street.”

A firearm is used in 90 percent of the city’s homicides, Smith told the new station.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.