OAKLAND -- After last year's successful gun buyback program that removed more than 600 firearms from city streets, police and two anti-violence organizations will hold a similar event on Dec. 14.
The event is part of a statewide gun buyback initiative and will be co-hosted by Youth UpRising in partnership with Gun by Gun, an organization founded this year to prevent gun violence by reducing the number of unwanted illegal guns in a community.
Youth UpRising is located at 8711 MacArthur Blvd., where the event will be held. The start time will be announced soon.
Youth UpRising organizers got involved with the buyback as 1 out of every 5 Oakland homicides occurs within a mile of the organization. The homicide rate in the community immediately surrounding the organization is seven times higher than the national average, with homicide the leading cause of death for people under 25, according to organizers.
San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles will hold similar events on Dec. 14.
There have already been 3,026 gun crimes committed in Oakland this year, according to Gun by Gun, which is trying to raise $10,000 toward the buyback event.
Ian Johnstone, the group's founder, said he created the group because his father was fatally shot by a gun-wielding youth in an attempted robbery in San Francisco two decades ago.
"I grew up without a father, and my family members were determined to prevent what happened to us from happening to other families," he said.
For more information, or to donate go to: https://www.gunbygun.org/oakland-gun-buyback. Gun owners will be paid at least $100 for returning a firearm.
Last December, Oakland and San Francisco had a gun buyback and recovered 349 handguns, 149 rifles, 92 shotguns and other guns.
Wire services contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.