Photos by Bill Wilson © 2007
BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
Gun owners, both legal and furtive, lined up to surrender 106 guns to San Francisco police in Civic Center today.
No questions asked.
Receiving a VISA card good for expenditure anywhere ranging in value of $100, $150, and $200.
Today marked the second time the amnesty buy-back project begun by Mayor Gavin Newsom was held.
Mayor Newsom, right, with guns buy-back program organizaer Mikail Ali, acting director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
Within 40 minutes of the 10:00 a.m. project opening, 12 guns were surrendered — including an AK-47 assault rifle.
“It’s just amazing to see these types of weapons,” reported Mikail Ali, acting director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, who oversaw the project.
“It’s delightful that they’re being turned in, but it’s amazing — I think that this is a result of when these are legal on a national level.
“Our previous gun ban made this a legal weapon with its lapse.
“It’s now legal and can be purchased in different parts of the country.
“You can’t purchase this type of weapon (assault rifle) in California but there are other states you can still purchase this type of weapon.
“It’s a 7.62 caliber round. It’s a competitior to military’s M16. This would destroy a person.”
Four assault rifles and two sawed off shot guns were surrendered by 4:00 p.m. closing time.
Additionally, a range of handguns were anted up.
A family man explained his decision to surrender a revolver he owned for years.
“I’m turning in a gun because I have a young baby who is 2 and getting into everything in the house,” said Chris Cox, a 25-year San Francisco resident.
“I figure it’s just a danger to have around.
“It’s a revolver I’ve had for years and I never use anyway so it’s just a potential danger. That’s all it is to me.”
Handguns brought a $100 VISA card, while shotgun owners received $150 cards, with assault rifles bringing a $200 VISA card.
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What. Email Pat Murphy at SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com.
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years. Email Bill Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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