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Organizers take in 22 firearms at Augusta gun buyback(GA)
augusta.com ^ | 4 August, 2012 | Lisa Kaylor

Posted on 08/04/2012 6:08:15 PM PDT by marktwain

By 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Niki Watson was trying to find a solution to a new problem: What would she do when the money ran out?

The Gun Buyback/Peace Day she had organized was more successful than she expected. By 1:30, she had collected 13 handguns and rifles, but had only five of the promised $70 gift cards and 2½ hours to go.

She did receive donations from Deon Grant and Sizemore Person­nel, she said, but the turnout at Antioch Baptist Church was greater than she expected. She was determined not to turn anyone away.

In the end, she took in 22 guns and wrote five personal checks to make up for the shortfall.

“I had enough to cover this year, but for next year I would like for businesses to start donating now, to start reaching out to me now,” she said.

Anyone was welcome to turn in a gun – no questions asked – in exchange for a $70 Visa gift card.

Watson said the people who showed up surprised her.

Organizers expected to see mostly young black men, but more women, older people and whites turned in guns than they expected.

Though Watson didn’t ask, she said many people told her they were turning in guns they didn’t use anymore and wanted to get rid of before they fell into the wrong hands.

That was why John Watson turned in his single-shot 12-gauge shotgun.

“I thought it was the best way to, not really dispose of a gun but to get one from getting into the wrong hands without trying to sell it to a pawn shop, where you don’t know where it goes,” he said. “At least here, we know it’s going to be off the streets.”

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies disabled each gun as it came through the doors. Investigators recorded the serial numbers on all of the guns to make sure they had not been stolen.

“All the guns will be taken to our property room. Any guns that are not stolen will be stored there until we can properly dispose of them,” Investigator Darrell Turner said. “Any guns that are stolen, we will try to reunite those weapons with their owners.”

Watson, an Augusta native who graduated from Westside High School in 1999, now lives in Queens, N.Y. She was dismayed that much of the news reaching her from home was about people in her age group being shot, and she decided to do something about it.

She said she hopes the event will continue and have more support next year.

“I had to do something,” she said. “I don’t even live here. I live in New York City and I came here to help out my hometown. People in Augusta are not stepping up.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; ga; turnin
"Organizers expected to see mostly young black men, but more women, older people and whites turned in guns than they expected."

Most functional guns are worth more than $70. I wonder how many old widows fell for this fraud.

Political theater designed to delegitimize the armed citizen. The only practical effect is to remove valuable property from poor people and to increase the demand for new guns.

1 posted on 08/04/2012 6:08:30 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
"Organizers expected to see mostly young black men...

Sounds like racial profiling and stereotyping to me. They must be commie libs.

2 posted on 08/04/2012 6:12:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: marktwain

Gun buy back is a waste of tax payer money like everything government does these days.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 6:12:33 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: marktwain

What we really need is a freedom buy-back.


4 posted on 08/04/2012 6:15:19 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: marktwain

Go back to New York where you will be appreciated for your idiotic feelgood scam.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 6:17:31 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: marktwain

“I had enough to cover this year, but for next year I would like for businesses to start donating now, to start reaching out to me now,” she said.

Entitled bitch.


6 posted on 08/04/2012 6:26:18 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: marktwain

At least it wasn’t a government sponsored program.

Next year, maybe, ‘cuz it’s too stupid for most individuals to contribute to, unless at the point of a gun.

Irony.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 6:30:33 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: marktwain

them “organizers” keep changing the world.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 6:32:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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Sound like a good way for thugs to get rid of guns used in crimes. Get wife/sister/girlfriend to turn it in and you're in the clear.

An enterprising collector/FFL holder could also stand nearby and offer people more than the buyback is paying.

9 posted on 08/04/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until January 21, 2013.)
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To: marktwain

I would like to buy guns for $70, what is required for me to hold “Albert Wang’s Really Big Gun Buy Back to get guns off the streets (and into my collection)”?


10 posted on 08/04/2012 7:31:59 PM PDT by AlbertWang
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To: goodwithagun

I would be happy to chip in $100 if you will get a pre ‘64 Winchester 70 off the streets. I will also destroy it for you.


11 posted on 08/04/2012 7:36:03 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: rllngrk33

I know FFLs that use these “turn ins” to get rid of junk that’s either beyond repair or that they can’t legally sell.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: CrazyIvan

Is there enough ammo in the world to do that? ;-)


13 posted on 08/04/2012 7:59:30 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: marktwain

They should take all voting cards and driver’s licenses after relieving these boobs of their guns. People who voluntarily disarm aren’t worthy of voting, IMHO.


14 posted on 08/04/2012 8:01:22 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: marktwain
"Watson, an Augusta native who graduated from Westside High School in 1999, now lives in Queens, N.Y. She was dismayed that much of the news reaching her from home was about people in her age group being shot, and she decided to do something about it. She said she hopes the event will continue and have more support next year. “I had to do something,” she said. “I don’t even live here. I live in New York City and I came here to help out my hometown. People in Augusta are not stepping up.”"

So she decided to leave crime-ridden New York ... to reduce gun violence in suburban Georgia ... by starting a gun buyback program?

And she was amazed that it was mostly old white ladies turning in rusty old guns cluttering up the attic, instead of 'young black males' (clearly she means the criminals) turning in their professional robbery/murder tools?

Just ... wow.

15 posted on 08/04/2012 8:16:14 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: marktwain
Look up “Useful Idiot” in the Dictionary and I'm sure you will see a picture of this person.

I've sold dozens of Cars in my Lifetime. I sure hope that nobody ever got hurt or killed by having a Traffic Accident in one of them. I don't know how I could live with myself.

I'll be lying awake all night thinking about the carnage I may have caused.

16 posted on 08/04/2012 8:39:58 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The only good Commie is an Impeached Commie.)
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To: marktwain

” Any guns that are not stolen will be stored there until we can properly dispose of them,” Investigator Darrell Turner said. “Any guns that are stolen, we will try to reunite those weapons with their owners.”

So if any of the guns were stolen wouldn’t that women be dealing in stolen property and if there were stolen guns why would they accept them and pay money to buy them. This sounds like a stupid program I mean what’s the point besides money redistribution.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 8:41:04 PM PDT by funfan
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To: marktwain

So, in other words, she’s acting as an FFL without a license. When is BATFE going to charge her with the multiple felony counts she’s admitted to?


18 posted on 08/04/2012 8:54:29 PM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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That woman should be in jail! She is a "straw purchaser" of firearms. She bought them and gave them to someone else.

Were 4473s filled out?

19 posted on 08/04/2012 11:10:54 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: marktwain

Do any of these buyback guns have ballistics tests run on them to see if they match rounds recovered from other crimes?

Other than being a feel good opportunity for the brain dead, this is also illegal under current law — but we pick and choose the laws we obey today, right Augusta city fathers and city attorney?


20 posted on 08/04/2012 11:51:37 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: marktwain

Organizers encouraging criminals to trade in thier old for cash to by new. Politically correct gun control at it’s best. The funny thing is they all think they found a solution, of coarse this coupled with the removal of all guns is thier hidden objective


21 posted on 08/05/2012 5:07:17 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: TXnMA; All
“That woman should be in jail! She is a “straw purchaser” of firearms. She bought them and gave them to someone else.

Were 4473s filled out?”

It is legal to buy a gun and give it to another person. Private sales do not require a 4473. This was the safety measure against registration that was included in the gun control bills that were passed previously.

An old post, but a good one:

Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2608785/posts

22 posted on 08/05/2012 6:41:04 AM PDT by marktwain
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