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Columbia to give $50-$100 for guns
The State ^ | Dec. 15, 2004 | SHALAMA C. JACKSON and LAUREN LEACH

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 country’s 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: amnesty; banglist; columbiasc; guns
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1 posted on 12/15/2004 8:14:36 AM PST by looscnnn
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To: PistolPaknMama; SC Swamp Fox

Ping!


2 posted on 12/15/2004 8:16:28 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn

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.


3 posted on 12/15/2004 8:17:06 AM PST by MediaMole
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To: looscnnn

Moron alert.


4 posted on 12/15/2004 8:18:21 AM PST by Protagoras (Christmas is not a secular holiday)
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To: looscnnn

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.


5 posted on 12/15/2004 8:18:46 AM PST by hoosierboy
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To: looscnnn

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.


6 posted on 12/15/2004 8:19:11 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along)
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To: looscnnn

Columbia MO or Columbia SC?


7 posted on 12/15/2004 8:21:37 AM PST by RockinRight (Liberals are OK with racism and sexism, as long as it is aimed at a Republican.)
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To: MediaMole

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.


8 posted on 12/15/2004 8:22:29 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn

>> “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.


9 posted on 12/15/2004 8:23:03 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (Threat Level: HIGH -- Basic list of survival gear @ my FR Homepage)
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To: RockinRight

SC.


10 posted on 12/15/2004 8:23:39 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn
Oh.. OK...

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"..

11 posted on 12/15/2004 8:25:28 AM PST by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: MediaMole

I have a couple of .25's I'd like to unload for $50


12 posted on 12/15/2004 8:26:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: hoosierboy

***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.


13 posted on 12/15/2004 8:27:14 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Press gangs for LIBERALS!)
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To: looscnnn
Maybe they should do a "Promiscuous Female Roundup", and offer amnesty for all those females who are equipped to be prostitutes and who are thus inclined to act in such a manner.

...in the name of preventing the spread of STDs of course.

OH WAIT....but all females are "equipped"! Gosh...come to think of it, us males are probably better "equipped"!

As we are ALL equipped to be violent....guns or NO guns.

ALL citizens whould be armed and proficient. Then when criminals require application of deadly force, the problem will be effected for the better a little closer to its source.

Why don't these morons learn? Are they really THAT stupid!? They haven't had a look at gun crime stats in Britain since private firearms ownership was essentially banned back around the mid 90's or so. ....as opposed to areas here in the States here that are "will issue" (CCW permits).... or simply more rural areas that are simply well armed. The contrast is alarming.

We have a saying here at the house....."Never, EVER part with your weapons!" The only exception to this is if you give one away to a family member. ...and we all think alike so it's not like weaponry goes far around here.

No disrespect intended to our ladies here on FR! You girls are the greatest. :-)
14 posted on 12/15/2004 8:29:14 AM PST by hiredhand ( "Pudge the Indestructible Kitty" lives at - http://www.justonemorefarm.com)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Of course he was, you can't get them "off the street" if they are taken to a dealer.


15 posted on 12/15/2004 8:30:03 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: appalachian_dweller; hiredhand

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".


16 posted on 12/15/2004 8:37:16 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn
An Armed society is a Polite society.
17 posted on 12/15/2004 8:38:24 AM PST by Dalite (If PRO is the opposite of CON, What is the opposite of PROgress? Go Figure....)
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To: Dalite

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?


18 posted on 12/15/2004 8:46:26 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Yep, ya caught me, ya caught the tater)
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To: looscnnn
" ...people that don't want guns in their homes (husband dies, etc."

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.

19 posted on 12/15/2004 8:54:15 AM PST by spunkets
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To: looscnnn
Your tax dollars at work making liberal morons (redundant?) feel good about themselves. At least their intentions are good and it's really intentions that matter.
20 posted on 12/15/2004 8:57:08 AM PST by Mase
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To: looscnnn

“When you take guns off the streets you save lives,” City Councilman E.W. Cromartie said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “Make our streets, homes and neighborhoods safe.”

Note to E.W: Yes, you save the lives of criminals (don't you have drug warlords down there?) since they will now have all the guns. And you make the streets, homes, and neighborhoods safer for them also. It would be great if you could somehow try to make the leap to reality. It will be a big leap for you, but try to do it anyway.


21 posted on 12/15/2004 9:00:19 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - there are countless unmistakable hints that God exists)
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To: appalachian_dweller

Maybe we should have a 'liberal politician buyback program'. Anyone turning in a liberal politician gets a check, and a hazard is taken off the streets.


22 posted on 12/15/2004 9:36:19 AM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: looscnnn

Cool! I could turn my .22 into a 7.62x39, a Winchester 170 into an SKS - a nearly 100% return on investment! or turn around and buy something even more valuable off someone else in line.


23 posted on 12/15/2004 9:49:52 AM PST by ctdonath2
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To: spunkets; All
GUN BUYBACK

What: Gun Amnesty Day, where anyone turning in a firearm can receive $50 to $100, depending on the weapon and whether it is operational.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Capital City Stadium, 301 S. Assembly St.

For more information: Call Columbia police at 545-3500.

______________________________________________________
Sheesh! Take me out to the ballgame!

24 posted on 12/15/2004 9:59:21 AM PST by uncleshag
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To: looscnnn

**Of course he was, you can't get them "off the street" if they are taken to a dealer.***

We had a widow woman near here who still had her husband's guns. The local police got wind of it and paid her a visit. Now because this is not a big city the police paid her for for the guns as they wanted them for themselves. Not knowing the value she sold them cheap!
It still makes the neighbors mad as they were willing to pay fair market value to her. I personally know the neighbors and, yes, they would have given her fair market value.


25 posted on 12/15/2004 10:15:31 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Press gangs for LIBERALS!)
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To: Sender
'liberal politician buyback program'

Great idea, Sender.
I'd contribute to that 527.

Thoughts like this keep America great!

26 posted on 12/15/2004 10:23:21 AM PST by uncleshag
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; AJ Insider; AlligatorEyes; Amanda King; ..
Now why do these heathens do this the weekend before Christmas? We all got better stuff to do.

If you have your Christmas shopping done, and want to meet me in Columbia at 10 AM this Saturday, FReepmail me or drop an email to ds42a AT bellsouth dot net. If you are a gun dealer and can appraise weapons, let me know. I'll contact a gun dealer friend and see if he can meet us out there.

I'll check on a permit. (Swampy, I hit the SC ping list, fyi.)

27 posted on 12/15/2004 11:53:15 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (And unto us a Child is born! Merry Christmas, dear FReepers!)
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To: looscnnn
Need to come up with a catchy term to replace "buy back".

Recycle? :-))

28 posted on 12/15/2004 11:55:45 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (And unto us a Child is born! Merry Christmas, dear FReepers!)
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To: uncleshag

Great advertising as the crooks now know that many of the people leaving will be unarmed and carrying cash. The scum wouldn't hit them at the scene but a few blocks away.


29 posted on 12/15/2004 12:11:48 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: AppyPappy
I have a couple of .25's I'd like to unload for $50

ME TOO.

30 posted on 12/15/2004 12:14:08 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: looscnnn
“When you take guns off the streets you save tyrants lives,” City Councilman E.W. Cromartiesaid at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “Make our streets, homes and neighborhoods safe for criminals.”
31 posted on 12/15/2004 12:37:41 PM PST by TERMINATTOR ("I believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere" - GWB)
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To: PistolPaknMama; Hillarys Gate Cult

The 'RebelYellers' don't much like
going into Columbia, but we'll be
there with you PPM.





32 posted on 12/15/2004 12:41:17 PM PST by uncleshag (Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!)
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To: looscnnn

Sheesh, I have a POS bolt-action shotgun I'd gladly take $50 for, especially since it's worth about $0. Unfortunately, it's not worth driving to Columbia for the money.

Idiots.


33 posted on 12/15/2004 12:42:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Thought about what you wrote I can see where folks from Forest Acres, coming back through Rosewood Dr. and Henley Homes... Or, coming home to anywhere using drug-dealing Bluff Road could be disasterous.

Wonder if that figured into the plans for the buyback?


34 posted on 12/15/2004 12:48:33 PM PST by uncleshag (Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Not too sure on that, gives the impression that they would be chopped up/melted down and made into new ones. I wouldn't want to give that impression, especially to those that are sick in the head and think that there should be no guns. I am just as willing to buy their guns.


35 posted on 12/15/2004 1:01:12 PM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: Rodney King; Armedanddangerous; Slings and Arrows
Note the following: Individuals will receive $50 to $100 per firearm, depending on the type of gun and whether it is operational. I bet they won't give $50.00 for BB guns or broken guns.
36 posted on 12/15/2004 1:11:33 PM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn
$50 to $100 per firearm, depending on the type of gun and whether it is operational

Hmmmm, I missed this snippet before. Think I'll call over there tomorrow and ask what they do with the guns after the buyback. Evidently "operational" is preferable.

37 posted on 12/15/2004 4:51:02 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (And unto us a Child is born! Merry Christmas, dear FReepers!)
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To: PistolPaknMama
Swampy, I hit the SC ping list, fyi

You done good, ppm. I would have pinged this one, for sure. But I don't get home until about 9PM on Wednesdays, and I can understand why you wanted to get this one pinged.

These bozos need a Freepin'!

38 posted on 12/15/2004 6:42:40 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: looscnnn

If they would announce these things in advance I'd go buy a crate of $40 .25 auto's and unload with a HUGE profit margin!!


39 posted on 12/15/2004 6:43:47 PM PST by KoRn
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To: looscnnn
Individuals will receive $50 to $100 per firearm, depending on the type of gun and whether it is operational.

Sounds like there's money to be had for junk. Non-operation rusted crap? Hey, it's worth $50. That'll really help reduce crime, eh? This is just feel-good nonsense.

40 posted on 12/15/2004 6:45:04 PM PST by .38sw
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To: PistolPaknMama
Operational? How are they going to know that? Are they going to ask me to prove it?

I should send my 9 year old daughter up there with a squirt gun, a starters pistol and a prop shotgun and see how much money she comes back with.

Maybe I'll tack a trigger on to a broomstick and see how much they give her for that.

41 posted on 12/15/2004 6:53:29 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; uncleshag; SC Swamp Fox
Great advertising as the crooks now know that many of the people leaving will be unarmed and carrying cash.

Oh great idea! We should all wear red berets and call ourselves the Columbia Angels and tell the media we're there to escort these unarmed people back to their vehicles so that their new-found fortune {cough} isn't taken from them by armed thugs.

42 posted on 12/15/2004 8:43:10 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (And unto us a Child is born! Merry Christmas, dear FReepers!)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Since Capital City Stadium is government property, would it be technically a legal violation to carry a gun onto that property? I believe nearly all government facilities are off limits except for state parks, but not in the buildings.


43 posted on 12/16/2004 3:09:39 AM PST by doosee
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To: doosee

So, they probably wouldnt give me squat for these two broken Raven 25 autos I bought at a yard sale for 5 bucks?


44 posted on 12/16/2004 4:41:34 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (Yep, ya caught me, ya caught the tater)
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To: PistolPaknMama
Per the article, The guns will be destroyed.
45 posted on 12/16/2004 10:33:51 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: doosee

Nothing will happen, after all they are not going to ask any questions of anyone that turns them in (ie. no felon/criminal will be arrested).


46 posted on 12/16/2004 10:36:54 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: Armedanddangerous

Nope, they would gladly take them off your hands for free though.


47 posted on 12/16/2004 10:37:31 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: .38sw

I don't think they will give you anything if it is non-operational/rusted crap. They will be glad to take them off your hands for free though.


48 posted on 12/16/2004 10:39:36 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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To: looscnnn
“When you take guns off the streets you save lives,”

Yeah disarming the population saves the lives of murderers and rapists and others who do not deserve to live.
49 posted on 12/16/2004 10:40:49 AM PST by Paul_Denton
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To: Sender

Only if you promise to destroy the one that were turned in, we don't want them getting back into circulation.


50 posted on 12/16/2004 10:42:26 AM PST by looscnnn ("Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils" Gen. John Stark 1809)
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