Skip to comments.TX gun buybacks to have a second shot
Posted on 02/21/2011 2:23:37 PM PST by smokingfrog
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police in the state capital will bring back its very popular Guns4Groceries, a "no questions asked" gun buyback program that drew an overwhelming response last summer during its inaugural run.
The second run for the program doesn't come as much of a surprise for many after Austin police said the massive turnout last year was a good sign that it would return.
"It is not about infringing on rights to bear arms, it is about collecting unwanted firearms off thre streets," said Lt. Ely Reyes with Austin Police Department.
February 26th from 9 AM to 1 PM, APD and the Greater Austin Crime Commission will be buying back guns, no questions asked, at the Oak Meadow Baptist Church.
$200 in cash gift cards will be given for assault rifles, $100 for handguns, pistols and rifles, and $10 for replica guns, BB guns, and air guns.
There is a two-gun limit per person.
Reyes says unwanted guns often end up in the wrong hands and they hope to give families a safe avenue to dispose of the guns, especially after a violent year.
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Time to turn in your BB gun.
“TX gun buybacks to have a second shot”
Violence inciting headline ;)
Reyes, you lie!!! You should be made to pay fair market value with your own money, instead of screwing little old people out of their property with your feel good crap.
“$200 in cash gift cards will be given for assault rifles”
Uhh.. They need to re-think that reward. I think a beat up SKS might bring more in private sale than that. Am I wrong?
Texas rifle assoc. and a couple of gun stores need to open their own gun buy back to save the guns.
They can have my Red Ryder when they pry it from my cold dead hands.
If I show up and make an index finger and thumb gun what do I get?
WTH has *unwanted* firearms?
So these guns are on the streets?? I don't think so. Most peoples guns are in closets, drawers and safes. They are not "on the streets." This isn't going to make anyone any safer. But it might jeopardize grandma' who no longer will have a gun to protect herself.
There was a similar buy back in Washington, DC or nearby a few years ago. It too ran out of cash. A lot of the guns were old and in poor condition. A lot were gotten rid of by people who didn’t want them in their homes. Young gang bangers grow up, leave home to live more sane lives. Family does not know what to do with weapons left behind or found hidden in the home.
Hey Frog, I’ve got an ancient Win 1897 I might turn in for some ammo money.
Never thought APD would buy me ammo!!!
Why don’t they ever have a Groceries4Guns program for law-abiding citizens? Stop by the police station with some canned goods and they hand you a gun.
All of my guns are worth far more than what they’re offering.
Ever notice how the potheads in the state run “media” ALWAYS refer to their gun buybacks as being “very popular”. If the morons learned how to shoot their guns, they wouldn’t need to trade them in for a bag of groceries. It’s one of those “teach a man how to fish” things.
Is this Ancient Win 1897 a near relative of a WWI Trenchgun? If so you may want to think a little harder about that.
Gee, it was just the other day that Austin PD was being questioned about so many guns going missing from their evidence room. Coincidence? I think not. Sounds like the old “you won Super Bowl tickets” sting. Of course, it might have saved lives and tax dollars if they’d just kept a better check on the evidence.
No questions asked?
What a great way to launder stolen weapons...
A fine opportunity to ditch that cheap crime gun...
Whenever I see these “gun buy back” programs, I wonder how many valuable antiques and collector’s items end up in police lockers - only to be destroyed or find their way to market.
One would think they’d hold this a bit more into East Austin.
Soon we’ll be reading that Jose took out his sister after she traded his street heat for groceries to feed the kids.
They did! Last year with this buyback, private buyers were picking up the good stuff before the sellers got into the gated swap area. Here in Austin.
That’s why it’s at a Church this time.
Why do they call them “buy backs?” And why does the pro-rights community fall into the trap of accepting their language?
Buy Back says that the guns belonged to the government in the first place and they’re just buying them back.
It isn’t a buy back. It’s a bribe to disarm and for criminals, it’s a way to dsipose of evidence.
Just stand outside the doors of the location where the guns are to be traded in offering $225+ CASH for the same gun that the city only to give coupons for. Not sure how long you'd last before the cops threw you in jail on some trumped up charge.
I would trade my son’s airsoft for a couple racks of baby backs!
With or w/o ammo?
Your idea is mo' better!
I keep hoping for one of those where I live (it’s highly unlikely- I live right in the middle of Texas).
Among many other (quality) guns, I inherited from my father a rusty old savage shotgun/rifle in .22/20 gauge. I would love to sell this gun to one of these idiotic programs, and apply the money to a better gun- say another Mosin-Nagant (I have two already), or whatever mil-surp rifle is on sale this week at Big Five.
My father would thoroughly approve of this plan, I’m sure! In fact, he’d get a big laugh out of it if I did so!
These are cops, working in jails, where evidence has legs and walks out of locked rooms, do you really think some cop doesn’t four finger discount the good ones.
Hilarious!! I’d go for that in a heartbeat!
By Jove, I think you may be onto something.
Let’s bring it up at the next Austin city council meeting!
Most of them are probably junk, but I bet a few of them are stolen or may have been used to commit a crime. I wonder if they do ballistics tests on any of them?
Well, the old 97 is shot out and certainly not safe to shoot anymore. I retired it about 25 years ago after a dove hunt.
It was a fantastic shotgun in it’s time. A John Moses Browning design, and if you can find a good one, get it.
Good way for criminals to get rid of any guns that could be linked to crimes, since no questions are asked.
I have a couple not worth $25 each, holding them just for the day when such a $100 offer comes to my town!
The good modern ones - not sure I’d credit them with knowing the rare, old antiques.
Yeah - lucky the rifle got into the papers, or it would have vanished.
Well, I do have this broken 16 gage shotgun.....
The biggest piece of BS on these gun buybacks is that the government would like to leave the impression that since they are Buying them back that they are the original source of these arms and the original source of the right to keep and bear these arms Outrageous!
"Digital cash" It's the only way to give you the finger and call it money.
No questions asked? Okay then, I want to turn in this old rifle: