Skip to comments.Columbia to give $50-$100 for guns
Posted on 12/15/2004 8:14:35 AM PST by looscnnn
Columbia is hoping to reduce crime by reducing the number of guns in the city.
The city will be offering $50 to $100 per firearm to those who turn in their weapons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Capital City Stadium.
When you take guns off the streets you save lives, City Councilman E.W. Cromartiesaid at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Make our streets, homes and neighborhoods safe.
The idea for Gun Amnesty Day came from the Unity 2004 summit in October, which focused on improving services and programs to decrease youth violence.
Unity 2004 leaders gathered Tuesday morning for a follow-up session and were told by City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine that a Teen Hot Line will be available in January. By dialing 311, teens can talk to specially trained operators who will offer guidance regarding violence issues.
Teens who are in gangs can call if they want to know how to get out. If they have information they want to share, they can do so anonymously, Devine said.
Saturday, people will have the opportunity to turn in guns with no questions asked, Cromartie said.
Individuals will receive $50 to $100 per firearm, depending on the type of gun and whether it is operational. The guns will be destroyed.
For safety reasons, organizers ask for all guns to be unloaded before exchange.
Similar programs have been tried in the countrys major metropolitan areas, including 10 years ago in Columbia.
In April 1994, more than 350 weapons were swapped for gift certificates. The department collected a variety of guns including rifles, .22s, .38s, semiautomatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns.
City Manager Charles Austin, then police chief, recalled one man who turned in a gun and refused the incentive. He said the man was prone to domestic violence and wanted the gun out of his home to prevent him from using it on his wife.
Who's up for standing outside and offering $75 - 125 to people for their for nice, legal firearms?
Someone should be there to appraise the firearms, so people don't sell a valuable collector's item for $50.
We protested the local gun "buyback" program here in Indiana a few yars ago. I remember an old lady bringing in her late husbands single shot rifle that hadnt ben used in some years. Is that what they menat by making it safer by taking guns off the street. We made the nightly news, but the real story was some thugs who masked their face when they dropped off a pistol. It was probably a murder weapon that was to be destroyed in the next few days. All done no questions asked and a reward for it too.
I wish they would do that where I live, I would go to walmart and buy a bunch of pellet guns and then unload them at the buy-back.
Columbia MO or Columbia SC?
I have said a number of times that we should create an org (non-profit?) and liberate guns from those that don't want them around. Individuals in the group will have the chance to buy the guns and they will be added to their collection, those that the individuals don't want may be bought with the groups money and sold to dealers for parts or if the serials have been removed or the dealers don't want them, they could be turned over to the police.
>> When you take guns off the streets you save lives, City Councilman E.W. Cromartiesaid <<
Oh yea. Disarming law-abiding citizens worked really well in Washington DC didn't it?
E.W. Cromartie is a moron. Like all gun grabbers, facts mean nothing. Hope the folks there can get rid of this idiot before the crime rate there soars.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA..
Now, it makes sense..
Wasn't sure if it was the country or the city, and which city..
I'm in MO, and we also have a "Columbia"..
I have a couple of .25's I'd like to unload for $50
***I remember an old lady bringing in her late husbands single shot rifle that hadnt ben used in some years.***
I remember reading of an elderly woman bringing her late husband's guns to a buy back. The firearms were an almost new Colt 1911 and an almost new Springfield 1903 rifle he had purchased just after the first world war in 1918.
The cop on duty suggested she take to them to a gun dealer for a quote on them as they were true collectors firearms.
The cop was later repremanded by his superiors for this action.
Of course he was, you can't get them "off the street" if they are taken to a dealer.
Unfortunately, the reason the police keep doing things like this is that there are people that don't want guns in their homes (husband dies, etc.). Now if there was competition with the police, such as an org (non-profit?) that buys the guns from the people, and the people used the org instead of the police the police would stop. The org would comprise of pro-gun individuals that pay for the guns of their choice from the selection brought to "buy back" (hate that term, the guns were not sold buy the police or others doing the buying)/liberation sale/adoption. Need to come up with a catchy term to replace "buy back".
sell a crappy broken gun for 100 bucks, put 75 bucks with it and get a really nice Ruger 10-22, an SKS or a plain vanilla mossberg home defense shotgun..
What a plan...eh?
There's always someone there to advise on probate matters. There's more stuff to get rid of than guns. I've never noticed folks not knowing they can sell these things. I've also never known a gun shop to turn fair deals down, or not send them to some interested person.
Normally these media events collect a lot of crap. Stuff that has no market value. Some have even collected crap to make a small profit from these events. The event holders have taken note of that. The money spent is for advertising. It comes out of their propaganda budget.