An event by neighborhood organizers in San Francisco last weekend netted 187 gun and gun-like objects. The gun “buyback,” the seventh annual event organized by United Playaz, offered $100 cash for handguns and $200 for guns considered “assault weapons,” no question’s asked.
The firearms were handled by the San Francisco and are destined to be melted down to make shovels. In the above from ABC7, they show off a (we hope) homemade shotgun that seems to consist of a portion of 2×4 piece of lumber, some zip-ties and a length of capped pipe.
The homebrew shotgun resembles a 1995 piece of modern art entitled Hecho en Switzerland, which was reportedly crafted by artist Tom Sachs for pocket change then sold to a New York City buyback for $300, an act that became the stuff of gun culture legend.
According to the SFPD, the group bought 187 guns, including 57 pistols, 44 revolvers, 11 assault weapons and three shotguns. “The police department really encourages the public to encourage these types of events because one gun taken off the street could mean the prevention of one loss of life,” said SFPD Capt. Daryl Fong.
Although many question the effectiveness of such campaigns, even if the event got one just gun out of circulation, community organizers felt it was a success.