To reduce the chance of more horrors, United Playaz — in partnership with the city and San Francisco Police Department — is hosting a gun buyback on Saturday. Past United Playaz events have taken hundreds of guns, rifles, and assault weapons of the streets, says United Playaz founder Rudy Corpuz.
“I know it’s probably a raindrop in the ocean,” Corpuz says, adding, “I know the ripple effect of one gun, one bullet.”
In 2016, San Francisco homicides by firearm jumped 15 percent and non-fatal shootings increased 27 percent. U.S. gunmakers doubled firearm production between 2010 and 2013, according to 2016 data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
A July study by the Centers for Disease Control found that, on average, nearly 1,300 children die and 5,800 are treated for gunshot wounds every year.
Over the six years United Playaz has held gun buybacks, Corpuz says the holidays tend to attract more people.
Guns with serial numbers registered as missing or tied to crimes are set aside by police while metal from the remaining guns is melted down. The wooden parts are remade into jewelry by people currently incarcerated, Corpuz says.
United Playaz is holding the gun buyback on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at 1038 Howard St. Handguns will go for $100 and assault weapons for $200 — all cash and no questions asked.