Buyback program helps get guns off SF streets

City officials, community organizers, representatives of the tech industry all gathered in the United Playaz headquarters Wednesday afternoon for the announcement of the 6th annual gun buy-back program.

The press conference was to be held by late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who was a big supporter of the gun buyback program, according to the program’s co-creator and Fil-Am executive director of United Playaz, Rudy Corpuz.

“In the memory of Ed Lee we still have to push on because he would want us to push on,” said Cropuz. “One of his requests was when we sat down and have our luncheons that we used to have he would say ‘Rudy, I need you to help me make this the safest city in the whole world.”

Acting Mayor London Breed cites the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy for another reason why guns need to be properly secured or not in possession.

“It’s been five years since Sandy Hook and since then over 500,000 people and have been killed or injured because of guns,” said Breed. “We have to do better.”

Corpuz also echoes the need of safety for children.

“One in three homes with children have guns. Many are left unlocked or loaded. 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of kids under 15 occur in the home. Homicide, domestic violence, and suicide by guns increase during the holidays.”

According to organizers, they predict a successful event based on previous the gun buyback programs.

“Last year 113 guns off the street. You can imagine the multiplier effect of what that meant for our city and the Bay Area that is a huge thing,” said SF Supervisor Jane Kim. “And by the way amongst those 113 guns how many assault weapons? 25 assault weapons.”

The gun buy-back event will even provide for those not wanting to give up their guns.

United Playaz and the San Francisco police department will also be giving away free trigger locks.

For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, the event will take place Saturday, December 16th from 8:00am to noon at 1038 Howard St.

Handguns go for $100, assault weapons for $200.

All cash, no questions asked.

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