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Gun Buybacks in San Francisco and Oakland Aim to Make Communities Safer

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Oakland and San Francisco residents will have the opportunity this weekend to exchange guns for cash as part of a police and community effort to get firearms off the street. The San Francisco and Oakland police departments are working with Oakland community groups Youth UpRising, the Community Enrichment Organization and San Francisco’s Omega Boys Club to host gun buyback programs at San Francisco and Oakland locations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, according to police officials. Residents of the two cities who turn in a working gun will receive $200 per gun on up to three guns.

Police emphasized that the firearms must be unloaded. Oakland police said that the program is anonymous and police will not record or document any personal information of people turning in the weapons. However, to receive remuneration, residents must bring proof of residency with a driver’s license, ID card, bill, or another identifying document. The Oakland buyback will be held at Saint Benedict’s Church at 2245 82nd Ave. In San Francisco, guns can be exchanged at The Omega Boys Club at 1060 Tennessee St.

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