Skip to comments.Arizona on verge of turning gun buybacks into revenue
Posted on 04/17/2013 3:50:35 PM PDT by marktwain
A major argument against gun buybacks has been that they are too expensive. Arizona may have solved that problem in a most controversial way.
The Arizona state Senate voted to prohibit the destruction of firearms gathered by cities and counties. Instead, municipalities will be required to sell the firearms to recoup buyback costs.
The only thing that could prevent the bill from becoming law is gun rights proponent Governor Jan Brewer. While no comment has come from the Governors office, a veto is unlikely.
Democrats are feverishly attempting to sway public opinion. Democratic State Senator Steve Gillardo argued that Arizona has the most liberal gun laws in the nation and that has to stop. Clearly no friend to gun rights, Sen. Gillardo had proposed numerous amendments including one limiting magazine sizes. All of which failed.
Recently the gun debate has taken odd turns as liberals have even sought to make the Boston Massacre into a second amendment issue. Actor Jay Mohr tweeted on Wednesday that the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is reason to remove Americans rights to protect themselves.
Since explosives are already illegal, the logic of Mr. Mohrs statement is difficult to defend.
Ignorance about the repercussions of gun control is becoming more evident. News reports have shown that people will move to confiscate guns even when told that criminals would still have them.
Even when authorities decide to confiscate guns, they are unable to. In California, while spending way too much time deciding which guns law-abiding citizens should have, theyve been unable to get guns out of the hands of those clearly identified (by law) as unable to possess firearms as the state has a backlog of nearly 20,000 people to disarm, says Stephen Lindley, chief of the Bureau of Firearms for the state Department of Justice.
Maybe Arizonas Republican Senators are on to something. If citizens want to turn in their guns for a tiny payout, the return on investment could be great for municipalities. Its kind of a second hand store for guns where the original owner is willing to take next to nothing for the firearm and maybe those wanting to hang on to their second amendment rights can get a good deal. Unfortunately, criminals dont tend to turn in guns the rest of America actually wants to buy.
...wonder if any of the fast and furious guns have turned up...
“...wonder if any of the fast and furious guns have turned up...”
If this is a serious question, no. Professionals abandon their guns at the scene regardless of cost. That’s because the guns leave ballistic marks on shell casings and bullets and that gun now points at the possessor as the guy who used it. Guns found at shooting scenes are not relinquished until the cases they are attached to are resolved. The Fast and Furious case is in limbo until Holder and Obama are out of office. Then, the evidence can be gathered and cases put together. This can’t happen now as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the government is the criminal in this case. (Obama will probably pardon Holder in the 11th hour before he leaves office.)
Good idea, but most of the guns sold to the government are crappy non-working weapons real gun owners are happy to get a few bucks for.
Sort of defeats the purpose.
too bad Cash For Clunkers didn’t do this. Lost a lot of good used cars in that one. My Mom traded in a perfectly good LandRover.
This gives me the idea for a “charity gun auction”, but not for money, but for an equivalent amount of selected trade goods. And this could get interesting.
Hypothetically, say someone could get a pound of rice, or a pound of dry beans for a dollar. (Right now, because of a big crop, in my area you can buy 10 pounds of Russet potatoes for a dollar.)
If some generous individual put up a $300 for auction, someone could bid 300 pounds of rice, or beans, or a ton and a half of Russet potatoes. And the winning bid would mean they would get the gun, and give all that food to a food charity.
Six pounds of potatoes, mashed, is a good serving for about 10 adults. So one auctioned gun would be enough for 5,000 servings of potatoes.
The gun stays in private hands, and a lot of hungry people get fed. What’s not to like?