Police, elected leaders and community groups are teaming up to host a gun buyback in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood this weekend.
On Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., participants can drive through the new location of the Grocery Outlet store at 2630 Bayshore Blvd. to drop off guns for cash.
Participants must arrive with unloaded guns in the trunk of a vehicle. Guns in working condition will be exchanged for $100, while assault weapons can be returned for up to $200.
Each vehicle that comes through can drop off up to five guns.
Community members will be working with police in the grocery store parking lot to help with the drive-through exchange.
The event will keep participants anonymous and there will be no questions asked.
The gun buyback event is supported by the mayor’s office and supervisors Malia Cohen, David Campos, John Avalos, Scott Wiener, Norman Yee, police Chief Greg Suhr and community groups including the Ingleside Station Community Police Advisory Board, Alive and Free Omega Boys Club, Central American Resource Center, or CARECEN, and the San Francisco Interfaith Council.
Last year, buyback events in San Francisco netted 529 guns.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News