San Francisco Police, City Leaders Host Gun Buyback

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    NEWSLETTERS

    San Francisco police and city leaders hosted a gun buyback event Saturday - April 5, 2014.

    Police and city leaders hosted a gun buyback event Saturday at a Grocery Outlet store in the Visitacion Valley District in an effort to get guns off the streets.

    People drove up to the store, had weapons in their trunk, and were able to trade them in for cash.

    Event organizers handed out $100 for each gun, and assault weapons could be returned for up to $200.

    "I think a lot of people do it because they want to make the city safer, the hearts are in the right place," San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said. "I think a lot of people want to do it because it makes their homes safer if they just have guns lying around"

    The event allowed participants to stay anonymous, with no questions asked.

    Last year, buyback events in San Francisco netted 529 guns.