Skip to comments.Gun buyback: Program to pay market rate for high-end firearms
Posted on 10/12/2012 9:25:04 AM PDT by marktwain
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington told residents at a 2nd Ward meeting Thursday night that a planned gun buyback program will offer "market price" for some high-end firearms.
With $17,000 raised from donations to fund the program, Eddington said, it will be able to offer full price for guns like AK47s, "those guns that are exceptionally dangerous."
Gun buyback programs in Chicago and elsewhere have been criticized for offering a flat $100 for any working weapon turned in, with critics saying that's not enough to get people to turn in guns that are actually likely to be used in crimes.
"One of the most difficult things is to get criminals to turn in their guns," Eddington said. "It's like offering $100 to a plumber to turn in his tools -- it ain't gonna happen."
He said the city is only interested in buying Evanston guns, "not junk from Kankakee." To that end, people turning in weapons will have to show some proof that they live in Evanston -- which could be a utility bill or something similar.
"But we just want the gun," the chief said. He said police won't check whether the person turning in the weapon has a firearm owners identification card, making it legal to posess the weapon.
And he said that while weapons will be checked against a database of ones known to have been used in crimes, there'll be "no tracing the gun back to the individual who turned it in."
But he said he knows that a lot of the weapons likely to be collected will be ones unlikely to ever have been used in a crime -- "something that's been in Uncle Ben's drawer forever, or a shotgun that's been in the closet, even though the owner hasn't been hunting in 15 years," Eddington said.
But even getting those weapons should cut down on accidental shootings, the chief added.
Eddington said officials will have a meeting today to work out details of the program. The mayor, he said, wants to have the gun buyback before Thanksgiving. A local church will probably be used as the turn-in site.
People turning in guns will be given gift certificates, Eddington said, most likely ones redeemable at Target or other stores in Evanston, in an effort to keep the money circulating in town.
So, the perps can turn in their used or broken weapons to the police and swap them out for brand new ones. Let me see if I can find a flaw in this logic...
what do the police do if the firarm is stollen or turns out sold without authority?
Wow I didn’t know my AK was ‘dangerous’ specifically. I should build more, then sell them for full market price, and then build an arsenal of them with the revenue I receive! Muhahaha!
If it's something cool and a pig likes it, then they keep it. If a pig thinks it would make a good "ham sandwich" to throw down someday, again they keep it. All others get destroyed.
Stolen? too bad - we're THE LAW! (So you're just SOL.) Nothing will ever come of it.
Think I’ll watch for Shore Galleries over in Lincolnwood to make their own purchase pitch in response....
You're one bewildering dude, Chief Eddington.
You're willing to pay auction prices for the exceptionally dangerous fowling pieces, high end skeet guns, and safari-caliber double rifles of Evanston... but not those liquor store stickup guns from the other side of the tracks over in Kankakee.
Evanston caters to the tastes of the discriminating professional criminal, not those provincial amateur crooks from Kankakee, what what?
That's one barrel and the trigger guard off an A grade Parker.
...Eddington said, it will be able to offer full price for guns like AK47s, "those guns that are exceptionally dangerous."
I see some potential here to monkey wrench these buy backs.
To explain, first two anecdotes.
In the days of sharecropping in the old South, farm owners were required by law to pay their sharecroppers a fixed price for their crops, typically $200. But when it came time to pay all the sharecroppers, the owners played a trick on them.
They would offer them a choice: a bank check for $200, or an old hat, filled to the brim with shiny new nickels. And almost invariably, the sharecroppers would choose the nickels.
The other anecdote is from recent times in the upper Midwest. The state was starting a typical lottery, with a respectable cash prize, but there was little public interest until somebody asked, “What do people want?”
The answer was a new, high quality, pickup truck. And though only a fifth of the value of the cash prize, it made the lottery a success overnight.
Now on to gun buybacks. If they are willing to pay good money, taxpayer money, for quality guns, there is no way a private source can meet or beat their offer, *unless* they offer something *other* than money, that these gun owners want more.
For example, what if they like Big Mac sandwiches? As a guess, Big Macs in Indiana probably cost around $2 each.
If they bring in a high end rifle worth, say $8,000, imagine trumping their bid by offering a coupon for “A free Big Mac a day”, for an ENTIRE year! 365 x 2 = a lot less than $8,000.
But if that is what they want, it sounds like a great deal to them.
They will turn them over to Obama, for use by the Mexican Drug Cartels.
“those guns that are exceptionally dangerous.”
More harmless guns — that’s what we all need.
“You’re willing to pay auction prices for the exceptionally dangerous fowling pieces, high end skeet guns, and safari-caliber double rifles of Evanston...”
This is Evanston, known to some of us as “Berkeley on the Lake”.
Stuff like that disappeared decades ago...now it’s mostly Lorcins and Hi-Points from the area around the high school and down by Howard Street. The rest of the residents are far too lib for such things.
those guns that are exceptionally dangerous.
Military style rifles are rarely used in crime. The chief is either ignorant, stupid, both, or lying.
All of the above and then some. This is Evan-stoned, after all.