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Bay Area police collect hundreds of guns in buyback program

  • A photo provided by the Oakland POlice Department shows weapons taken off the streets in a buy-back program in Oakland and San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The program resulted in hundreds of guns taken off the streets, according to Oakland Police Officer Johnna Watson. Watson said Oakland officers collected 300 guns while San Francisco police collected 290 guns during Saturday's holiday gun buyback program. Watson said the guns collected by Oakland police included handguns, a fully automatic assault pistol, shotguns, rifles, and a rifle with a bayonet attached to it. (AP Photo/Oakland Police Department)

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of guns have been taken off the streets of Oakland and San Francisco in a gun buyback program that Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson described as a "huge success."

In exchange for $200 in cash, Oakland officers collected 300 guns, while San Francisco police collected 290 guns during Saturday's holiday gun buyback program, Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman said Sunday.

The buyback, announced earlier this month, was the largest exchange of cash for guns that the city of Oakland had ever held, Watson said.

The buyback happened to take place the day after a man with a rifle went on a rampage, killing 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, perhaps spurring more people to turn over their weapons.

It also occurred just a few hours after four people were wounded in a shooting between an occupant of a car and a man standing on an East Oakland sidewalk, police said.

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