SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND (KCBS)— City and community leaders were on hand at San Francisco City Hall Friday to promote a massive gun buyback program taking place across the Bay Area Saturday. This comes on the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that claimed 26 victims, mostly children, in Newton, Connecticut.
Buybacks are being held in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. People can receive up to $100 for handguns and standard rifles and up to $200 for automatic weapons and assault rifles.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Shootings Protest In Oakland Turns Violent; Windows Broken, Fires Ignited; Businesses Vandalized
Maddie Scott who lost her son to gun violence spoke on behalf of the Brady campaign.
“One in three homes with children have guns. Many are left unlocked and loaded. 80 percent of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in the home,” she said.
Nonprofit group Youth UpRising will be hosting its gun buyback event at its East Oakland office at 8711 MacArthur Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The firearms must be in working condition, unloaded and inside the trunk of a car before it is turned in.
Youth UpRising spokesman Michael Hunt said, the annual event is in its third year.
Oakland police will be on hand at the event to check if the gun has been lost or stolen, in which case it will be returned to the owner, Hunt said.
All other firearms will eventually be destroyed, he said.
No one will be allowed to walk-in to the event with a gun and ammunition will not be accepted.
The organization’s gun buyback event collected 700 guns from Oakland residents in 2012 just a day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Connecticut, that claimed 26 lives.
There were 147 guns turned in at last year’s event.READ MORE: Armed Bike Thieves Targeting Mountain Bikers In The East Bay Hills
Those who plan to attend Saturday’s buyback must have proof that they live in Oakland by bringing in identification such as a driver’s license, state ID card or cellphone bill.
Though the event is scheduled to end at 3 p.m., staff may wrap-up early if the funds run out before then.
The funds to be used in Saturday’s event include leftover money from an online fundraising campaign last year on Crowdtilt, now known as Tilt, through a partnership with nonprofit organization Gun By Gun, in addition to donations made to Youth UpRising, Hunt said.
“We want to let everyone know that if you’re strapped for cash this holiday season and have a firearm in your home you want to get rid of, we will take if off your hands, no questions asked,” Youth UpRising President and CEO Olis Simmons said in a statement.
Based on data received by Oakland police, gun buybacks have proven to be the most effective during the summer and holiday months, Hunt said.
Some guns may end up in the wrong hands such as situations where robbery victims have had their firearms stolen because they did not properly store their weapons, according to Hunt.
“The long-term goal is to not to solve crimes but to prevent future crimes,” Hunt said.
Sponsors of Saturday’s gun buyback include nonprofit group Gun by Gun, the City of
Oakland, Community Enrichment Organization Oakland and state Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland.
To ensure a spot at Saturday’s event, residents are advised to schedule an appointment with the organization by calling (510) 777-9909, ext. 181.MORE NEWS: Marshawn Lynch Addresses COVID Vaccine Hesitancy In Interview With 'Dr. Faucheezy'
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