San Francisco Police in conjunction with local groups held a "buy-back" event over the weekend that they say netted 228 "guns" of varying types. 

The event was much-hyped on local news and involved not only SFPD but also the Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention Services and United Playaz, who paid up to $200 for each of the anonymously surrendered guns. The program, conducted since 2014, will turn the firearms over to an arts program to be turned into raw material. 

The thing is, it looks like all the event did was clean out the bargain "no refunds/as-is" bin of local gun stores-- if San Francisco had local gun stores!

Lots of break-action revolvers. These guns, often made by Iver & Johnson among others by the tens of thousands in the 1900s, don't have much value. Also, note the Rohm RG pot metal Roscoe in the center and the Jennings/Jimenez jamamatic in the top corner. About the most interesting gun in this tub looks to be a (copy of a) S&W No. 3 although it’s hard to tell from the label. (Photo: SFPD)
This trunkload consists of mainly bolt-action milsurps, with lots of Mausers, and a Mosin M91 for good measure. Survivors of Stalingrad headed to the trash. On top is a 1970s J.C. Higgins (High Standard via Sears) pump shotgun with a dial-a-choke while a couple of Ruger handguns look to be hiding to the right. All in all, not high in demand on the street. (Photo: SFPD)
A van shot of some more interesting guns, including a Walther P1 and a commander-sized M1911 in the box along with a Mossberg 500 riot gun complete with a Speedfeed stock, Mosin M91/30, Ruger 10/22, and a Marlin Model 60 with a very nice $7 tip-off rimfire scope. (Photo: SFPD)
A Soviet-marked Nagant M1895 revolver survived Stalin and the Cold War but is now headed to the crusher with SFPD's assistance. (Photo: SFPD)
More break actions with a Forehand & Wadsworth on top. Not a lot of F&W collectors out there. The long pistol hiding out at the bottom is a Hy-Score spring-powered air pistol. The Seecamp-esque pocket pistol to the right, being completely unmarked, could be a pre-68 European-made .25 but is more likely a tear gas or blank-firing starter pistol. The most curious of the lot is what looks to be a Webley (style) Bulldog clone revolver

The public didn't seem overly impressed with the effort on social media. 
 
"There's a reason nobody turns in the good stuff...even though people are suffering during a pandemic and California cities empty jails and defund police," noted one Twitter user on SFPD's post, which boasted of the haul. 

"99% from law-abiding citizens that would never use the firearm in conjunction with a crime. Criminals are not giving up their guns," said another. 

"Is it surprising that you get a disproportionate number of low-value guns worth less than the buyback amount? How often are these bolt action .22s being used in crimes?" came another reply. 

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