There was a gun buyback in LA this past weekend. Turn in a gun and get
gift cards for $50 or $100 for Aunt Lucy's derringer or Uncle Vito's
semi-auto. Hundreds were turned in. They ran out of gift cards and
still guns were being turned in. Seems like the bigger the local
problem the more success you will have.
The police in Buffalo have had an annual gun buy-back for the last three
or four years. The majority of the guns being turned in are sporting
rifles that belonged to the deceased husbands of the widows turning them
if. By what I have seen on TV in the quick pan of the camera I'd guess
the rifles were worth $300 - $1000 and they turned them in for $50.
IIRC, Ol' Keeter had a name of those that took advantage of "widow
wimen" like that.
Last year a guy was trying to buy selected firearms from the people
waiting in line to turn them in. I believe he was willing to pay a fair
price for the rifles. The police ran him off under threat of arrest.
For screwing up the intent of their program. I'm sure they could have
come up with some reason. Would it have held up in court? Probably not
btu the guy would have been prevented from buying any of the firearms,
would have spent some time in jail, most likely incurred the expense of
a lawyer and spent a day in court The arresting officer would have
gotten overtime for his court appearance.
Arrest for what - it's more than an academic interest. I'll sure try what he
attempted if there's ever a buy-back program in my neighborhood.
'Course the laws in Texas are way different than New York. One person hands
over money, the other hands over the gun(s). The state is not involved in
any way. No permits, no registration, no restrictions on private sales
(other than you cannot KNOWINGLY sell to a person not legally entitled to
own a weapon: felon, child, mentally deranged, alien, hippie, etc.).
Yeah, because all those self-respecting gang bangers will look at the
opportunity to get $100 for a $1500 AR as a great service to society. As
Nova points out, this is probably taking advantage of widows and others who
don't realize what they have or appreciate it.
Hmm, there's an on topic idea -- an old plane buy-back program.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Why would you? Think about it? Most decent quality legal guns are
worth well over 100 bucks, as a starter.
There's a lot of junk that isn't.
DAGS-A quote from an article found in several places...
"Bryco semiautomatics, which can be had in matte black or
shiny nickel finish, retail for less than $100 new, and for as
little as $55 used."
It seems to be a quote from Time Magazine. Bryco went belly-up in '03,
after producing a line of Saturday night specials for many years. Cost
new was about $120, IIRC, for the .380.
Used, it should be available for about $60, so I guess it fits. But
Saturday night specials are about the only type of pistol that does.
Of course, that's probably what most of these people are hoping to
clear from the streets. Good luck to 'em on that is all I can say.
There are probably 50-60 million of them around, though most cost well
over 100 bucks these days. I owned several of these off-brand specials
over the years, but was mostly afraid to fire them for fear of losing
a finger or two. Someone gave me one a few years ago. I bent the
barrel in a vise, and smashed the cylinder with a sledge hammer and
Usually these events are "no questions asked."
Those who run these programs won't tell you, but I often wonder when the
Buffalo cops run the serial numbers the next day how many guns they find
that were last seen on the hip of an Arizona State Trooper found shot to
death on the side of the road.
Further, I have never heard of a stolen weapon being turned in during one of
these "buy back" schemes that was returned to its rightful owner.
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