SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of guns were collected at buyback events around the Bay Area on Saturday, and organizers said they were encouraged by the turnout.
"One gun, one bullet that kills someone can destroy the planet," said Rudy Corpuz of United Playaz, a violence prevention and youth development organization that partnered with San Francisco police for the event.
The San Francisco buyback collected 318 guns, including 17 assault rifles, during the four-hour event on Saturday morning.
Those who turned in guns earned $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault rifles.
One person turned in a 26-gun collection that she had inherited, Blankswade said. In all, the peninsula event paid out $39,700 for the guns turned in.