Skip to comments.NC:Wilmington Turn In (buyback) Produces Scant Results, Public will Benefit in Future
Posted on 09/03/2013 9:46:48 PM PDT by marktwain
The guns turned in can be roughly classified into two categories: those worth less than the incentive offered, and those worth more. An intact SKS is worth more than $200, but I do not know if it was intact when turned in. For all the other guns, $100 would be the price break.
The Marlin .22 with the repaired stock is a less than $100 gun, as is the bolt shotgun with the repaired stock. The single shot shotguns are in the neighborhood of $100. There are about a half dozen of them. The two double barrel shotguns are likely worth twice that, and the Savage/Stevens .22 over .410 combination gun is worth about $300-$400 (right side, third from top, muzzle pointing in) The two 1894 Winchester lever guns are worth more. I believe the Enfield is an Ishapore 2A copy in 7.62X51, because of the magazine shape. It should be worth a couple of hundred.
There appears to be a Remington semi-auto version of the Browning take down .22 on the left side about half way down. If in working condition, it is definitely worth more than $100.
There are maybe three more .22 rifles worth about $100 or a little less.
The short barreled shotgun (sawed off) has no legal value.
The handguns are harder to evaluate because not all are easily identifiable.
There are about 18 inexpensive revolvers worth less than $100, and 14 inexpensive semi-autos of about the same value.
The Savage semi-auto (probably a .32) that would bring about $150-$200. I cannot make out the 1911 type semi-auto in the center of the table to identify it. It has a grip safety, target sights, large magazine well, and some kind of recoil spring guide rod. Perhaps someone else can tell us what it is. I suspect it is worth more than $100.
There appears to be a Unique (French) .22 with extra magazines in one of the pictures. Likely a $300 gun. While unclear, there appears to be a couple of single action revolvers that might be Rugers. If so, they are worth more than $100. At the top of the table, I think there is a .38 Charter arms.
It would be worth more than $100.
Readers are invited to make comments, speculations or corrections. The pictures were not designed for identification purposes.
I am only counting 23 long guns (including the short-barrel) and 42 handguns, which comes to 65 total. I might have missed a couple.
The clear losers in this event are those who gave away valuable property only to have it destroyed.
North Carolina has passed a law to prevent this senseless destruction of valuable assets. In the future, guns surrendered to police, or confiscated, will be sold to benefit the public treasury.
The new law will take effect in October.
This Link to the WECT article has a slide show with more pictures.
Link to Gun Watch
Do they pass the guns back out to the people who need them?
The will sell them to dealers who will offer them to the public, or they could auction them to the public directly, I think.
Either way will reduce prices by increasing supply.
I think most of the weapons turned in at gun buybacks were stolen in the first place and used in crimes. It’s a perfect way to ditch a hot piece, get rid of the evidence, and get paid for it.
That is understandable, but the facts do not support the theory. Less than 1% of firearms turned in are found to have been stolen. They generally fall into two categories:
First, those who believe that the gun being turned in is worth less than the value they are getting for it. This seems to be a significant share of the guns turned in, around half. The higher the incentive in cash, gift cards, grocery cards, the more guns that will be turned in. Simple economics. These are usually broken .22 rifles, cheap revolvers and semi auto pistols imported before 1968, worn single shot shotguns, and old inexpensive revolvers made before 1940.
Second, guns being turned in by people who inherited them and simply want to get rid of them. They do not want to figure out what they are worth, and they like the idea of turning them in to police, because they have absorbed a bit of the anti-Second Amendment flavor of the MSM, and are a little worried that they might be violating some obscure law by merely possessing the gun. This is where grandpa's old Winchester, the widows deceased husbands Remington 700, the war trophy Luger, all come in. They are worth much more than the incentive offered, but the ignorant person turning them in just wants to get rid of them because of MSM fueled fear.
Here is an article with some good pictures and links showing guns turned in: Phoenix Gun Turn in (buyback) The Rolling Gun Show
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.