SAN FRANCISCO — Pistols, shotguns, assault rifles.
318 weapons just like these were turned in as part of the annual gun buyback program put on by the United Playaz, a youth anti-violence program in San Francisco.
Those who turned in handguns, shotguns, and rifles received $100, while assault rifles received two hundred dollars.
Supporters behind the gun buyback program hope money for the holidays would encourage more people to get rid of their weapons.
However — Filipino American Rudy Corpuz, who runs United Playaz, just wants guns off the streets for good.
“Anytime is a good time to get guns off the streets, whether it’s Christmas or whether it’s Halloween, or just your birthday, whatever, when we ever get a chance opportunity to get them off the streets. Then let’s get them off the streets. Because guns don’t have no holidays.”
United Playaz partners with the San Francisco Police Department to safely receive the weapons collected and this partnership has the support of other elected officials.
The gun buy back was held on the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting and the gun buyback was held in honor of the victims as well as a United Playaz member who was murdered last July.