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Gun owners trade their firearms for cash at local gun swap

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There is a new kind of swap meet happening around the Bay Area lately, where gun owners are trading their firearms for cash. Over the past week, San Francisco and Oakland have each been host to a buyback event, bringing in nearly 260 guns total. In exchange, gun owners were paid $100 for each gun, and $200 for each assault weapon, with no questions asked. A large part of funding for the swaps came from crowd sourced donations, including the first-known crowd sourced gun back, held last Thursday in San Francisco's Mission District. Jasmin Lopez went to 22nd and Capp Street that evening to talk to people who were selling their guns.

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