Back in December, Oakland offered free Guns N’ Roses Tickets to anyone who turned in a gun to the police. At the time, people wondered how popular an incentive Axl and the gang would be to Oakland’s gun-toting population. Now we have the answer: not very.
Over two days, in two locations, the gun exchange program netted 67 guns, according to a report from the Chief of Police, Wayne Tucker. It sounds like a failure, but at least the firearms were functional. A gun-for-a-computer swap in 1999 brought in 200 guns – 200 "old, rusted, inoperable" guns.
And the city didn’t run out of Guns N’ Roses tickets. In 1999, the city didn’t have enough computers, and gave out vouchers. But Oakland couldn’t get more computers, and those vouchers could never be redeemed, which, as the chief says, "understandably,
created distrust and apprehension about future programs."