S.F. program collects 119 guns, hands out gifts

A quietly trotted-out program to remove guns from San Francisco’s homes and streets netted 119 firearms over the weekend while 10 gun crimes were reported.

The Gifts for Guns program is a mayoral initiative that offered people cash cards and grocery gift certificates of $100 to $200 in a no-questions-asked trade for their unwanted firearms. Other cities, such as Los Angeles and Boston, have offered similar trades with mixed success.

San Francisco has recorded 64 homicides this year, compared with 48 at the same time last year and on track with recent record-setting homicide years.

While stabbings are on the rise, compared with previous years, gunshots still make up the majority of homicides. In addition, the San Francisco Police Department recorded at least 10 gun crimes during the weekend, including shootings and armed robberies.

On Saturday, city officials set up shop in the Civic Center, offering $100 Wells Fargo cash cards and $50 Safeway gift certificates in exchange for working firearms. “The vast majority were either pistols or revolvers, commonly known as handguns,” Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Director Lenore Anderson said Monday.

Participants were offered differing sums, corresponding to the desirability of each gun, Anderson said. They received $100 for rifles, $150 for handguns and $200 for assault weapons.

According to San Francisco police Sgt. Mikail Ali, who works with the Office of Criminal Justice, the drive netted seven illegal guns, including five assault rifles, a sawed-off shotgun and a sawed-off rifle.

If reported stolen, the guns would be returned to their owners after a state background check, Ali said. If not reported stolen or if no legal owner can be found, the guns will be destroyed.

Anderson said the department gave out about 300 gift cards. She said The City still has another 300 cards, which it will use to conduct another drive before the end of the year.

amartin@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), pictured here in 2012, was assaulted robbed and assaulted near Oakland’s Jack London Square on Monday, July 26th, 2021.(Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times)
Former U.S. Sen. Boxer robbed, assaulted in Oakland

By Lauren Hard New York Times Barbara Boxer, 80, a former U.S.… Continue reading

San Francisco Police stand guard outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Fired: California bill aims to decertify police for serious misconduct

By Robert Lewis CalMatters On a Wednesday afternoon in April 2018, Gardena… Continue reading

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state employees and health care workers must be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
California orders vaccine or testing for health care workers, state employees

By Ana B. Ibarra CalMatters Amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases and… Continue reading

Most Read