Gun buy-back held in San Francisco to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – In the first hour, United Playaz nonprofit collected 100 guns during their gun buy-back event.

The main goal was to get guns, especially ones that aren’t being used, out of homes and hands that can cause harm.

One by one, and bag by bag, guns of all kinds checked in and out.

It’s all a part of the United Playaz gun buy-back program with the San Francisco Police Department.

United Playaz is a nonprofit that mentors youth and works to lessen crime in San Francisco.

Everette Butler is a facilitator and group leader with the nonprofit.

“I am able to work with the youth and really give back in the sense that I’ve only dreamed of being able to do and now I am doing just that,” Butler said.

But this wasn’t always his outlook or situation.

“Then I began to see the light, my mother passed and that was my turning point in life. I began to look at things because the day she found out I was a gang member was the day she told me she didn’t want me to be one,” Butler said.

After over 20 years in jail, he’s now a changed man with a purpose, wanting to see city streets safer. ​

“Bullets have no name, bullets have no name. You can be walking down the street and be hit by a bullet and it can take your life. It may not have been intended for you but that bullet doesn’t differentiate between the people it hits,” Butler said.

As people walked up with their guns, members of United Playaz would announce ‘Hero Walking.’

A handgun was worth $100 and an assault weapon equals $200. 

The gun buy-back program with United Playaz happens twice a year.

By the end of the event, the police department says 318 weapons were turned in.

Other gun buy-back events happening across the Bay Area on Saturday:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gilroy Corporation Yard: 613 Old Gilroy Street
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Solano County Fairgrounds: 900 Fairground Drive
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1000 Skyway Road in San Carlos

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