Skip to comments.S.F., Oakland gun buyback nets hundreds
Posted on 12/16/2012 9:32:00 AM PST by thecodont
Arturo Hurtado of Richmond was still stricken with grief over the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 schoolchildren dead when he awoke Saturday morning.
So he decided to get rid of his gun - "that darn thing," he called it - and purged it from his home.
"I've got kids, man," said Hurtado, who works at Waste Management in Oakland and has children ages 14, 10, 6 and 1. "Kids are curious. Kids don't know any better. I had it locked in a toolbox, so I don't know. ... I just know it had to go."
Hurtado was among hundreds of Bay Area residents who dropped off their firearms at buyback locations in Oakland and San Francisco on Saturday, collecting $200 cash for their weapon, no questions asked.
Organizers said both locations saw crowds twice as large as expected. In East Oakland, a mile-long line of cars waited on 82nd Avenue to enter a parking lot at St. Benedict's Church, with some running out of gas while idling. In San Francisco, people stood in pouring rain outside the Omega Boys Club in the Dogpatch neighborhood to exchange their guns for cash.
By the end of the day, organizers expected more than 600 guns to be turned in.
Hurtado was a rare customer. Not only was Friday's school shooting his primary motivation, but also he walked away without taking the cash.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-Oakland-gun-buyback-nets-hundreds-4121621.php#ixzz2FEkBhmUz
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Fewer libs with guns, ok by me.
Bwahahaha! The criminals turned in guns they can buy new ones that can’t be associated with any previous crimes. They’re just tradin’ up!
Wow...they even told the criminals his name and location! Gotta feel sorry for his kids.
I wish I could buy a Luger for $200!
You gotta wonder how many Bloods and Crips turned in guns. None, I’m sure. These gun buybacks are a waste of taxpayer money.
The “ivory” grip one looks like a starter pistol.
That one on the left looks like a 12 gauge single shot that I bought at Walmart 10 years ago for $89. I wish I could get $200 for it now, I would go back and buy 2 more, I would really like to have the .410 version of it as well the 12 gauge. If we have a buy back here in Texas that pays $200 I think I will do just that!
That Breaktop there is worth some BUCKS...also see a shotgun that looks like one my grandpappy left me - a Model 29 Winchester to gauge single shooter.
the old guns were traded in for Bucks and the good guns remain at home
Hey Arturo that car you drove there in can be pretty dangerous too. How ‘bout I “buy it back” for $200. It’s for the children. Idiots!
I’m sure criminals in the bay area and prowling craigslist are gratified by the number of guns turned in..
They don’t ever have gun buy-back event here in the Seattle area. I’ve been talking to friends about organizing one - you know - to trade on liberal guilt and relieve them of their arms ;-)
A real forward thinker is what we have here.
This makes perfect sense (for them), as the buy-back uses tax money from the very people trying to protect what they've got.
I’ll bet that Luger went home with some cop. Aside from that and a couple of Smith & Wessons, I don’t see anything I’d want.
I have gun by Mattel will they except it for 200 bucks? =)
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