The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution designating June 7 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. 

The day of recognition was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed in Chicago, at 15, in 2013. After her friends wore orange in her honor, it has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. 

As part of the heightened conversation around gun violence, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office also announced new community outreach and public education efforts to highlight its firearm destruction program, where residents can voluntarily surrender an unwanted firearm. 

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