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 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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