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Gun Buyback Event In The Western Addition Tomorrow

Gun Buyback Event In The Western Addition Tomorrow
By Andrew Dudley - Published on March 20, 2015.

The SFPD and a handful of neighborhood organizations are teaming up for a gun buyback day in the Western Addition this Saturday.

At the event, gun owners can turn in their weapons with no questions asked, and in return will receive $100 for handguns and $200 for assault weapons. The weapons that are accepted are then destroyed.

San Francisco has had numerous buyback days in recent years at locations around the city. In April of 2014, the SFPD reported that a total of 529 guns had been turned in at previous events. And most recently, a reported 101 guns were turned in at an event held in December.

This weekend's program is being spearheaded by Supervisor London Breed in collaboration with the SFPD and community groups including Project Level, United Playaz, the Healing Circle.

As noted by SF Weekly, United Playaz is headed up by Rudy Corpuz, a former gang member, drug dealer and addict who now mentors youth in the hopes of encouraging young men from following the same path he did. "If we only get one gun off the street, it's a victory," Corpuz told the Weekly. "One gun has ten bullets, so we can save ten lives."

Funding for the program comes from private donations. According to ABC, United Playaz received $50,000 in donations for the buyback from marijuana clubs and angel investor Ron Conway. The December event was similarly funded by three medical marijuana dispensaries, the Examiner reported. Conway, who has been especially vocal about the need to reduce gun violence since 2012's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, also contributed matching funds for that December 2014 buyback event, according to the non-profit GunXGun.

Tomorrow's buyback will take place from 9am to 1pm at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center (1050 McAllister).