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More than 200 guns were turned in to police Saturday through its annual gun buyback program.

Residents from throughout the Bay Area drove to a south Hayward BART station parking lot, where they were given $50 for each working firearm submitted.

At the end of the day, police had 203 surrendered guns, as well as air rifles, knives and ammunition.
“We think it’s been a real successful day,” said police Lt. Sheryl Boykins, who added that the weapons included shotguns, rifles and semi-automatic handguns.

Boykins said guns were being turned in because residents wanted increased safety in their homes or because they needed the money.

After finding out about the event from a TV news report, Marie Cross turned in a handgun she said her 14-year-old son had found at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. She said she did not tell school officials about the weapon and did not know what else to do with it.

A gun collector came from Martinez to part with a “cheap” shotgun that he said had no value to him.

An Oakland man turned in three pistols that he said were pawned off to him when he owned a store in that city 25 years ago. He also gave police two rifles that he had inherited and owned for more than 50 years.

Corey Dulgar, of San Leandro, turned in a .25-caliber handgun that he has had for 15 years for home protection. He said he worried about someone stealing the weapon.

Tactical specialists with the police department made sure the guns were unloaded, and they placed them in boxes in the back of a police pickup. The collected weapons are scheduled to be melted down at a steel mill, said Craig Pimentel, a police department property and evidence technician.
The weapons ranged from .22-caliber handguns and single-shot derringers to powerful .308-caliber rifles.

Source: Alan Lopez for the Oakland Tribune.

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