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  • The Gun ‘BuyBack’ Briarpatch

    01/06/2016 5:26:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-N.J.-10), has recently reintroduced “The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act” (pdf). It is the same bill as one that was filed last year. I have written about the bill, HR-4278. It makes no economic sense, for the Nation as a whole, and it will not reduce crime one iota. It has little chance of passing. But on close examination of what the bill actually does, it is a “briar patch” that Second Amendment Supporters might not mind being thrown in. We are far past the point where there is any sense or connection between...
  • Congressman Payne (D) New Jersey, Prevaricates about Gun 'buyback" Bill

    12/29/2015 6:45:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-N.J.-10), has recently reintroduced "The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act" (pdf). Academics have routinely labeled such measures as ineffective at fighting crime. Perhaps the most famous of these is Alan Binder of Freakonomics fame: When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity: Clearwater Florida, 12 December, 2015

    11/30/2015 6:17:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 12 December, 2015 in Clearwater, Florida. Clearwater is in Pinellas County. While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex parking lot, 2450 Drew St. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From suncoastnews.com: This will be the Clearwater Police Department’s first buyback event since June 2011, when it collected 189 guns. Hall said officers plan to buy about $10,000 worth...
  • AL: Selma Gun Turn "buy back" in a Success for Private Buyers, Open Carry

    11/18/2015 2:48:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A small gun turn in event was held on 7 November, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. These events have been characterized by the propaganda term "buy back", but as the organizers never owned the guns in the first place, they cannot be "bought back". The events have become less popular in recent years as private buyers have arranged to offer more for the more valuable guns taken to these events. That was the case in Selma. Robert W. Kennedy, Jr. was a private buyer at the Selma event, and commented on it. From selmatimesjournal.com: My name is Robert W....
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity at Selma, Alabama “buy back”

    11/02/2015 6:18:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, 7 November, 2015. While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback”, the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The turn in event will be at 2013 Clinton Ave, at the Macedonia Apostolic Church.The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 11:59 both at the same source. People often turn up early at these events. Those that show up early get the deals or the incentives. These events often...
  • Propaganda the Reason for Gun Turn In (buy back) Event

    10/24/2015 6:45:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have previously written that the primary purpose of gun turn in events has been political theater designed to teach the lesson that guns are bad and should be turned in to the police. A number of academics have done studies that show that gun turn in programs are ineffective in decreasing crime. Even the progressive economics author of Freakonomics says that they are counter-productive for actually decreasing crime. From the Freakonomics web site: When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they dont work. The only guns...
  • Will Possessing a Stolen Gun Result in a Prosecution?

    07/18/2015 1:20:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Darrail Smith On another article, I pointed out that mere possession of a stolen item is not enough to convict a person of receiving stolen property, at least in most states. My understanding is that virtually all "possession of stolen property" crimes involve an element of "knowing" that the property was stolen. Arizona has a "Trafficking in stolen property" statute: A. A person who recklessly traffics in the property of another that has been stolen is guilty of trafficking in stolen property in the second degree. B. A person who knowingly initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages or supervises...
  • Forget QE, Wall Streets new drug is the stock buyback

    07/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 4 replies
    MarketWatch.com ^ | July 17, 2015 | Wallace Witkowski
    With the Federal Reserves quantitative-easing program out of the picture, share buybacks are now the preferred way to boost stock prices in the face of softening earnings. But like QE, it is unclear how long the buyback boom can last. In the first quarter of 2015, companies in the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.05% returned more money to shareholders than they earned. The last time that happened was in the fourth quarter of 2008, when the entire S&P 500 reported a slight loss for the quarter but still spent $110 billion on dividends and buybacks. This is not a normal...
  • 1938 "Mexican" Browning High-Power Turned in at LA "buyback" in May, 2014

    07/09/2015 6:05:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This "Mexican" Browning High-Power was one of many fine /firearms turned in at the Los Angeles gun "buy back" in May of 2014. It stands out because of the custom grips, which appear to be mother of pearl, inlaid with Mexican emblems and framed in silver. The pistol has the slide at the full rear position, yet the barrel is only showing about 5/8ths of an inch in front. It should show about 1 3/8ths. Look at the other side. The barrel is extending half way back above the magazine! It should not be in that position. Someone disassembled...
  • CA: San Jose Gun Turn in (Buy back) gets 47 from one person

    06/09/2015 7:11:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A gun turn in (buy back) event was held in San Jose, California, on the 6th of June, 2015. The number of firearms turned in was meager for such a large population center, with one fourth turned in by one person. There are no photographs of the firearms turned in available yet, but it is highly probable that the 47 firearms turned in by one person were the collection of a family member who died. That is a common source of guns turned in at these events. From mercurynews.com : SAN JOSE -- A no-questions-asked guns buyback run by...
  • Cerberus Capital to Allow Investors to Sell Stakes in Gun Business

    05/16/2015 8:36:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 8:57 p.m. ET | Ryan Dezember
    Cerberus Capital Management LP told its investors Friday that it has created an avenue for them to sell their stakes in a gun maker that the private-equity firm has been under pressure to divest since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. Cerberus sent a letter to its investors, which include pension funds and endowments, telling them that it has separated Remington Outdoor Co., the maker of Remington and Bushmaster rifles formerly known as Freedom Group Inc., from its funds and will allow any investor wishing to cash out of the company to do so, according to a person familiar...
  • Gun Turn In 'Buy Back': Homemade Shotguns for Cash

    04/14/2015 6:54:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In an unnamed gun 'buy back' that is reported to have occurred in June of 2014, These four homemade slam fire shotguns were turned in for cash. The piece of pipe that acts as a barrel slides in the front. It is much like the slam fire shotguns that were developed and used in guerrilla fighting in the Philippines in WWII. From countercurrentnews.com: The self-described gun rights activist, who we are not naming, brought in aduffel bag full of home made, slam-fire shotguns (all of legal length). He was paid $50 for each of these improvised guns. This low...
  • Watchdog Criticizes Harry Wilson GM Buyback Scheme as Favor to UAW

    02/12/2015 11:29:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 12, 2015 | Mark Modica
    NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica was a guest yesterday on "Closing Bell" on CNBC. We will post the video soon, but here is a transcript: Sara Eisen : At first it seemed like it was just another activist investors at work but our next guest says something else is in play here. We're talking about Harry Wilson, the restructuring expert who served on President Obama's auto industry task force during the financial crisis and was instrumental in bringing GM out of bankruptcy. Now Wilson is a GM activist investor and represents hedge funds holding a total of 34 million shares...
  • OR: 'Buy Back' Gun Turn In Backfires

    01/22/2015 6:12:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There was a gun turn in event, 'no questions asked' in Newport, Oregon last Saturday, the 17th of January. A number of second amendment supporters planned for the event, and attended. From centaloregoncoastnow.com: Fred Meyer Gift Cards will be available for working order guns (limit 3 gift cards per person, but more than 3 guns will be accepted). All firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of your car or comparably secured in your pickup truck. No questions asked. $175 Assault or assault-like rifle $125 Handgun $ 75 Long guns, such as rifles or shotguns $ 25...
  • What Happened at the Gun Turn In (Buyback) in New Orleans?

    11/05/2014 3:21:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns procured for a similar amount at a Phoenix, AZ, event on 4 May of 2013 Most gun turn in events are political theater, designed to gather publicity, denigrate the ownership of guns, and promote the idea that guns have no legitimate utility. For this reason, publicity is highly sought, pictures of guns turned in are prominently splashed across friendly media, and separate news "events" are created when guns are destroyed. All of this is pretty much standard practice by those who conduct the political theater known by the propaganda term "buy back". You would think it would be...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity, New Orleans, 25 October, 2014

    10/23/2014 5:19:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 The New Orleans Jefferson Parish and Kirsha Kaechelel, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 25 October, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at The Embassy located at 1200 Franklin Avenue, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It appears that they will be giving out cash. $75 will be given to those who turn in a handgun, $200 will be...
  • OH:Private Buyers Compete for Guns at Toledo Turn In "buy back"

    09/18/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I missed the notifications of this 8 September 2014 event. It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the events do not want anyone to do any pre-planning. Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers. Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4. It did not matter much. There were plenty of private buyers there this year. This year, the police seem to have learned more about the law....
  • Second Amendment Supporters Buy Best Guns at Cleveland "Buy Back"

    09/11/2014 4:34:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At the recent Cleveland gun turn in event, "buy back", the public turned in 270 guns to the police. Second amendment supporters were there in force, and purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of those brought to the event, for cash. From guns.com: Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns werent worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we...
  • Pushback at Cleveland Gun "buy back"

    09/09/2014 12:49:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been many academic studies showing that gun turn in events, also known by the propaganda term "buy back", have little or no known effect on crime. They are considered a waste of police resources. They are also a waste because there is no reason to destroy the valuable firearms collected, other than to send the propaganda message that guns are bad and should be destroyed. Several states have enacted legislation to stop this practice. If those who organize these events wished to make them more effective, they would coordinate with private buyers so that valuable guns would...
  • Cleveland Turn In (buyback) will Destroy Valuable Guns

    09/08/2014 2:56:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Cleveland held its annual gun turn in "buy back" today, 6 September. People turned in 270 firearms. The term "buy back" is a pure propaganda term, because the guns never belonged to the people who are buying them. From 19actionnews.com: The Cleveland Police Department's eighth annual buyback seemed successful, taking in 270 weapons during the event, including seven shotguns, 10 rifles and 253 handguns. Some of the guns were much more valuable than the $100 gift card given for handguns, or the $200 gift card given for semi-automatic long guns. Some of the guns, such as the older...
  • Update: Cheap Gun Opportunity in Cleveland Saturday, Details

    09/03/2014 7:52:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Here are the details for the gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at the same location that it was last year, Public Safety Central, 2001 Payne Avenue. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. From newsnet5.com: In exchange for the working handgun or semi-automatic weapon, people will get either a $100 or $200 Target gift card or a gift card for gas or...
  • OH:Cheap Gun Opportunity Cleveland 6 September, 2014

    08/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. I have not been able to find any definitive information about where the event will be held, how much will be offered for what firearms, or what the starting and ending times are. It appears that the event will only collect handguns. From newsnet5.com: At the handgun buyback event, people can exchange guns for gift cards, no questions asked....
  • MI: Cheap Gun Opportunity 23 August, Benton Harbor

    08/10/2014 6:49:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Benton Harbor, Michigan, on Saturday, 23 August, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Berrien County Health Department Environmental Health building, 2106 S. M-139, Benton Harbor; and the Niles Berrien County Health Department office at 1205 N. Front St. The event is scheduled to run from 10 am to noon. People often turn up early at these events. The incentive for the gun turn in is a...
  • MD:Private Buyers "Run Off" from Turn In "buy back" Event

    07/28/2014 3:57:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Private buyers competed with ShopRite food cards for guns at a Baltimore City gun turn in "buy back" on Saturday, the 26th of July. That may be one reason that this event only collected half as many guns as last year's event did. 231 guns were turned in this year, 460 last year. The term "buy back" is a bit of propaganda, because the people buying the guns never owned them in the first place. From baltimoresun.com: Several men holding signs that said "$$ Cash for Guns" stood outside the event, trying to persuade people to sell their guns...
  • MD:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Baltimore City, 26 July, 2014 Turn In (buy back)

    07/23/2014 6:40:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be a gun turn in event on 26 July, 2014 in Baltimore City, Maryland. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The location for the event will be at the New All Saints Catholic Church in the 4400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers a $100 gift card for turning in guns. From wbaltv.com: get a $100 gift card to ShopRite. Officials said no...
  • Insider Story on Jacksonville Gun Turn In (buy backs)

    07/15/2014 5:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jacksonville, Florida has been running gun turn-in "buy back" events for a bit over a year now. The events stand outside of the norm for a number of reasons. First, they are funded by a private donor. Second, the money offered is at the low end for these events - $50 for all types of guns. Third, the Sheriff's Office, which runs the events, specifically reserves the right to determine if guns are "collectible". Those guns are not destroyed. While it is to the credit of the Sheriff's Office that it does not wantonly destroy valuable guns, I have...
  • FL: Jacsonville Gun Turn in "buy back" brings in Private Buyers, 693 Guns

    07/03/2014 8:39:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the photo above, there are a couple of what appear to be nice Smith & Wesson revolvers worth hundreds of dollars each. There was a gun turn in event held at Jacksonville, Florida on the 28th of June. 693 guns were turned in for the low, low price of $50 each. The event was also known by the propaganda term "buy back". There were no guns "bought back" because the people buying the guns had never owned them before. Last year, it was noted that there were a large, active group of private buyers, including a contingent from...
  • Cheap Guns Opportunity: Jacksonville Florida 28 June 2014

    06/25/2014 6:20:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 28 June, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, 8531 N. Main Street. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $50 will be exchanged for firearms. In a new twist, the Police Athletic League will also recieve $50 for each firearm turned in. People are supposed to be able to turn in firearms "no questions...
  • Freakonomics and "buybacks"

    06/18/2014 10:17:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While doing some research on the academic findings on the futility of gun "buybacks", I found this statement from the "Freakonomics" web site: When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they dont work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the cash for clunkers program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just...
  • NM: Sante Fe Destroys Hundreds of Valuable Guns

    06/17/2014 9:46:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some of the Firearms Destroyed in Santa Fe, NM One of the oddest parts of the political desire to disarm Americans is the push to destroy valuable property for propaganda purposes. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, tens of thousands of dollars of valuable property was destroyed purely for propaganda. Even in the old Soviet Union, which was no slouch when it came to disarming its people, the guns that were collected were not wantonly destroyed. They were cared for, refurbished, sold to renew state resources, or used to defend the state from its enemies. No doubt many were redistributed...
  • WI: Private Buyers at Milwaukee Gun Turn In (Buy Back) do Well

    05/22/2014 10:50:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A group of private purchasers at the Milwaukee gun turn in (buy back) As the event in Milwaukee was about to begin, private gun purchasers began to show up. I counted 10 near the beginning of the event, but the numbers increased. The private purchasers spread out along the streets as the lines of vehicles backed up. There were about 15 to 20 of them at the height of the action. The ones that I talked to repeatedly said that they did not have a problem with the event, and that by purchasing the more valuable guns, they helped...
  • Guns Turned in At Milwaukee Event (buy back)

    05/21/2014 3:56:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Turned in at Milwaukee "Buy Back" on 17 May, 2014 I arrived at the turn in event a little after 9 am on the 17th. The Milwaukee Police Department had already done the set up for the event, and a crowd was listening to speeches. I counted about 10 officers at the start, with perhaps as many as 15 total. Several were directing traffic and controlling the area. It appeared that data were being entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to check to see if any of the firearms were listed as stolen property. I...
  • WI Update: Cheap Gun Opportunity This Saturday, 17 May 2014 Milwaukee

    05/15/2014 12:06:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Milwaukee on Saturday, 17 May, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Ave. The jsonline.com article indicates that it is in a high crime neighborhood. The event is scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at these events. The incentives for the gun turn in are as follows. From fox6now.com: $53,000 was raised...
  • Miami FL: "Little Haiti" Gun Turn (buy back) a Bust

    05/06/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Two shotguns, three rifles at the Phoenix event "Buy back" is a propaganda term, as the guns were never owned by the people who buy them at these events. I should not be surprised that a gun turn in event held by Miami Police in "Little Haiti" did not net much in the way of results. It was not well advertised. I routinely search for such events, and I missed it. It was held for only four hours on Saturday, which is not that unusual, but it is unusual for the event to be so poorly advertised that I...
  • Louisiana Looks to Expand Controversial Gun "Buy Back" Program

    05/01/2014 7:33:37 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While several states, including Indiana, Kansas, and Arizona have passed reforms to prevent the waste of valuable assets in gun "buy backs", Louisiana is looking to expand its program. In these programs, the organizers offer incentives for people to turn in unwanted firearms, often inherited antiques whose owners are unaware of their value. Scholars have concluded that the programs have little, if any effect on crime, while wasting police resources. Although the term "buy back" has been popularized, the firearms were never owned by the people purchasing them. Critics say that the programs are thinly disguised political propaganda...
  • WI:Cheap Gun Opportunity Coming in Milwaukee

    04/25/2014 1:05:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Milwaukee on Saturday, 17 May, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Ave. The jsonline.com article indicates that it is in a high crime neighborhood. The event is scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at these events. The incentives for the gun turn in are unknown at this time. From jsonline.com: Details...
  • What is the Legal Risk of Buying a Gun at a Turn In (buy back)?

    04/22/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In most of the United States, it has always been legal to buy and sell firearms privately without any paperwork. Private sales are not required to go through a Federal Firearms License (FFL). It is against the law to build or maintain a Federal firearms registry. One of the purposes of this restriction is to insure against firearms confiscation by the Federal government. There are a few states that have effectively banned private sales. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Rhode Island, are six states that require that private parties have a background check conducted by the...
  • NC:Police Shut Down Private Buyers at Gun Turn-In (buy back)

    04/15/2014 7:39:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Winston Salem had its second gun turn in event this year (2014). They spent over $25,000 in the two events, collecting over 475 firearms, 364 on March 15th, and 111 yesterday, the 12th of April. Both events quickly ran out of money. On the 15th, the City issued IOUs, yesterday they stopped giving out gift cards when the money ran out. Long lines were reported when the money ran out, about 5 minutes before the official start time of 9 am. Ordinarily, this is an ideal opportunity for private buyers to purchase guns from people who do not want...
  • KS:Gun Reform Goes to Governor Brownback

    04/12/2014 7:07:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas legislature has passed the current gun law reform bill by overwhelming margins and sent it to Governor Brownback for signature or veto. The bill, HB2578/SB447, strengthens state preemption language that limits the power of local governments to chill the exercise of second amendment rights. It requires adequate signage to prohibit the open carry of firearms by premises that choose to do so. There is no penalty for open carrying in such premises unless the open carrier refuses to leave when asked to do so. Guns that are forfeited to law enforcement agencies are mostly prohibited from being...
  • SC: Cheap Gun Opportunity, Conway, 29 March, 2014

    03/24/2014 2:07:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Conway, South Carolina, will be having a gun turn in event on Saturday, 29 March, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Father's Place, 809 Wright Blvd. The event is scheduled to run from 9 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at ese events. The incentives for the gun turn in will be gift cards. They will be offering $100 for long guns, $200 for handguns, and $300 for "assault rifles". These...
  • SC: Gun Turn In Collects 364 firearms, 1/3 paid for with IOUs

    03/19/2014 10:43:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Saturday, 15 March, a gun turn in event was held in Winston Salem, South Carolina. 220 handguns and 144 rifles and shotguns were reported as being turned in, along with unnumbered airguns and BB guns. I have not found a report that indicates if there were private buyers competing with the event organizers to buy the offered firearms and air guns, though their had been some discussion of this on at least one South Carolina gun forum before the event. Several of the activists used the event to dispose of faulty firerams that were worth less on the...
  • SC: Cheap Gun Opportunity, Conway, 29 March, 2014

    03/17/2014 2:36:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Conway, South Carolina, will be having a gun turn in even on Saturday, 29 March, 2014. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Father's Place, 809 Wright Blvd. The event is scheduled to run from 9 am to 2 pm. People often turn up early at ese events. The incentives for the gun turn in will be gift cards. They will be offering $100 for long guns, $200 for handguns, and $300 for "assault rifles". These...
  • Two Cheap Gun Opportunities in North Carolina

    02/28/2014 7:32:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns Turned In at Phoenix Event Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will be having two gun turn in events in the next two months. One on Saturday, March 15th, and another at a second location on Saturday, April 12th. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The rewards at this event: $100 for handguns, $75 for shotguns and rifles and $150 for "automatic weapons". There is no limit to how many guns an individual may turn in. The organizers want the guns to be...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity in Opa-locka Florida, June 2014

    02/12/2014 3:31:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A sparse take at the City of Opa-locka Gun Turn In Event, January, 2014. Photo courtesey of miamitimesonline.com There will be a gun turn in event in early June, 2014 in Opa-locka, Florida. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The location for the event has not been announced. At the last turn-in event on 25 January, only eleven guns were turned in, as shown in the picture above. This is a semi-annual event, and the numbers were much higher in 2012,...
  • Reform of Wasteful Gun "buy backs" a Trend: Mississippi Proposes Legislation

    01/28/2014 5:40:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Following what is becoming a national trend, legislation to prevent wasteful destruction of valuable firearms has been introduced in Mississippi by Representative Gary Alan Chism, Republican. The legislation, House Bill 139, prevents the wasteful destruction of firearms collected at gun turn in events that are conducted with the assistance of government resources. Instead, the firearms would be returned to lawful commercial channels and the money placed in the general fund of the governmental body that is assisting the turn in event, often referred to by the misnomer "buy back". The events are not "buy backs" because the people buying...
  • Indiana Media, AP, Promote Gun Destruction

    01/25/2014 1:28:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A few days ago, I wrote about a modest reform to stop the waste of valuable resources occurring at Indiana gun turn in programs, also known as "buy backs". "Buy backs" is a misnomer, as the guns were never owned by the people who are buying them in the programs. The reform was a simple one: as tax dollars are expended in these turn in programs, instead of the valuable assets that are collected being destroyed as a primitive symbolic measure, once the guns have been taken off the streets, they should be sold to legal dealers. This returns...
  • Indiana to Reform Gun Turn In "buy backs"; Stop Wasteful Destruction

    01/23/2014 3:14:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Jim Tomes, R - Wadesville, has introduced a bill in the Indiana Legislature that prevents further waste in gun turn in events, so called "buy backs". The guns were never owned by the people purchasing them, so "buy back" is a loaded misnomer. Kentucky appears to be the first state to pass such reform legislation, in 1998. The Indiana bill seems loosely based on a similar Arizona reform passed last year. North Carolina is the latest in a number of states that have passed the money saving measure, passing its bill last August. On the proposed Indiana...
  • Gun collectors scour buybacks in growing numbers to save history (VIDEO)

    01/22/2014 8:37:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    With gun buybacks on the rise nationwide, many enterprising collectors are making rounds at these events looking to snatch rare firearms from the jaws of the scrapper. Fueled, perhaps, by news from numerous events in which exceedingly rare and valuable guns are being traded in for gift cards, flu shots, and vouchers for groceries, gun buyers are increasingly in attendance, eager to make a deal. Fox News caught up with one of these collectors, 24-year old Schuyler Taylor who has been attending buybacks in the Seattle area. My goal was to go down there and see if I could find...
  • PA:Head of Philadelphia Gun turn in "buy back" Deep in Scandal

    01/19/2014 6:09:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Private buyers purchased these guns at a turn in in 2013 Reuters ran article (16 January) about the U.S. Justice department's Inspector General claiming that the head of the Philadelphia gun "buy back" gave himself unauthorized raises totaling $82,000 over four years. From kfgo.com: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a Philadelphia gun buyback program gave himself unauthorized pay raises and failed to hold down other expenses paid from federal grant money, the U.S. Justice Department's inspector general said in a report on Thursday. Compensation given to the Philadelphia Safety Net's executive director, Raymond Jones, was unreasonably high and...
  • GA:Atlanta turn in "buy back" has competition from Private Buyers

    01/19/2014 9:31:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Atlanta gun turn in event by NAACP and local churches had considerable competition from private buyers, as acknowledged by the wsbtv.com report Gun collectors and enthusiasts, like David Daum, caught the attention of some people before reaching the Turner Field parking lot where the buyback was taking place. "I personally just collect, restore. My personal preference is antique firearms," explained Daum. He said his reason for being out there based on preservation. "Being a collector, especially trying to keep some of the historical firearms from being melted down and destroyed." From the video, it appears that Mr. Daum...