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  • 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 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fox News Discovers Private Buyers

    01/17/2014 8:38:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Private collectors with some antique rifles obtained at a Phoenix turn in event in 2013 Perry Chiaramonte of Fox News deserves some credit for going beyond the usual media template of "Guns Bad".   In an article published on 15 January, he did some homework and found a growing response to the political theater of gun "buy backs.     The article gives considerable space to the trend of private collectors attending the turn in events (they cannot really be "buy backs", because the people buying the guns never owned them before), and buying desirable guns rather than see them destroyed...
  • Collectors work crowds at gun buyback events for rare finds

    01/16/2014 8:59:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 15 January, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    When Schuyler Taylor attended a gun buyback program in Seattle last year, he wasn't hoping to turn in an unwanted firearm for a $50 gift card. He was looking to pay cold cash for a rare weapon. Taylor, a 24-year-old gun enthusiast, is one of a growing number of collectors who has been showing up at the events, where towns, police departments, churches and nonprofits offer money or gift cards for old guns. The events have been held all over the country, credited by some for getting weapons off the streets and ridiculed by others for paying money for rusting...
  • GA:Cheap Gun Opportunity Planned for Atlanta, Personal Account from College Park

    01/13/2014 8:03:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NAACP in Atlanta is considering organizing a turn in event (buy back) for the city.   Originally, it was to occur on January 16, 2014.   I have been watching, but have not come up with any confirmation for that date.    There appears to be an ongoing discussion of the possibility.   While researching the event, I found these interesting photos of the guns that were purchased by one private buyer at the College Park, GA Turn in (buyback) in February of 2013.  The firearms in the pictures were reportedly  purchased by a by a private buyer for a total of...
  • NC: Cheap Gun Opportunity Charlotte Turn In (buy back) Today - noon 21 December

    12/20/2013 2:45:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Some handguns turned in for $100 at a Phoenix event in May.  Note the nice Ruger and Colt. Charlotte, North Carolina, will be having a gun turn in event on Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 December,  2013.  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 are rather unusual at this event: $25 to $50 for handguns and $100 for shotguns and assault rifles.  They will not accept more than five guns per person, and you must leave as soon as you...
  • Texas Turn In Shows Effective Private Purchasers (buyback)

    12/18/2013 10:50:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent gun turn in event at a church in Dallas shows how effective private purchasers can be in neutralizing the "guns are bad"  meme.   From the story: “Now there’s 15 less chances there’s a tragedy, and we’re glad for that,” said the Rev. Bruce Buchanan, an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has The Stewpot ministry. This is the usual theme of gun turn in programs.  Guns are bad and should be destroyed.   However, as is happening all over the country, in the vast majority of states where private sales are not infringed on...
  • SC: Cheap Gun Opportunity Georgetown County Turn In (buy back)

    10/29/2013 7:50:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Some handguns turned in for $100 at a Phoenix event in May.  Note the nice Ruger and Colt. Georgetown County, South Carolina, will be having a gun turn in even on Saturday, 2 November,  2013.  While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.  It appears that the event is for handguns only. The event will be held at the substation in Pawleys Island at 291 Parkersville Road to collect handguns. The event is scheduled to run from 9 am to 11 pm.  People often...
  • AZ:Phoenix Politicians Use Police Overtime to Destroy Guns

    09/20/2013 10:18:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A fraction of the guns turned in to Phoenix Police in May, 2013 Phoenix police had nearly 2,000 guns that were turned in to them in this May destroyed in secrecy after spending thousands of dollars in police overtime to process them. This is an unusual way to conduct a deodand ceremony.  Usually they are conducted in a very public way, with reporters present, pictures taken of the "evil" deodands as they are righteously crushed, chopped, or burned and melted. Perhaps Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton decided that using police overtime so that hundreds of thousands of dollars of valuable property...
  • NC:Wilmington Turn In (buyback) Produces Scant Results, Public will Benefit in Future

    09/03/2013 9:46:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    Photo of most of the guns turned in by WECT The gun turn in event was held at three separate churches on 24 August, 2013, in Wilmington, NC.  The total number of guns turned in, for all three locations, was reported as 67.  More guns might have been turned in, but the organizers ran out of money and gift card incentives. The organizers offered $100 for rifles, pistols, and shotguns, and $200 for "assault rifles".  No definition was given for "assault rifles" so the one SKS turned in might have qualified.  It is not known if it was turned in...
  • FL:Cheap Gun Opportunity Ft. Lauderdale, 7 September, 2013

    08/29/2013 3:13:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be a gun turn in event on 7 September, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, 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 will be at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church at 400 NW 9th Avenue from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The event offers an unusual range of incentives for turning in guns.   The Sun Sentinal shows these: Depending upon condition, donors of .22 to...
  • Four Owellian Word Usages in Gun Control

    08/17/2013 12:16:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
     "Killed by a gun" places volition and responsibility on the gun In  the novel 1984, Eric Blair, writing under the pseudonym George Orwell, wrote of how unscrupulous people redefine and misuse words and language to enhance political power.  Here are four examples of Orwellian misuse of language used to promote more restrictions on firearms ownership and usage. 1.  The first usage is very simple, very powerful, and extremely common.  It is simply to substitute "by" for the correct word "with" when describing the use of a firearm.   Here is a headline from Slate:  "How Many People Have Been Killed...
  • FL:Cheap Gun Opportunity 3 Turn in (buyback) events in Brevard County on 22 August, 2013

    08/14/2013 6:43:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be three gun turn in events on 22 August, 2013 in Brevard County, Florida. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. One location for the event will be in Palm Bay at Space Coast Harley, 1440 Sportsman Lane.  The second event location will be in Cocoa at the east side of the parking lot of Byrd Plaza, 801 Dixon Blvd.  The third location will be  in Titusville at the Sears...
  • VT:Church and State Gun Turn In Fails so Far (buyback)

    08/13/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A Unitarian church in Middlebury Vermont has been attempting to induce people to give their guns to the Government to be destroyed for a price far below market value.  From wcax.com: Minister Barnaby Feder says he recognizes that guns tend to sell for much more than $50 online, but that he hopes this incentive will at least make people aware of the option to dispose of firearms. So far no guns have been brought to the police department for cash. I do not see anyone organizing massive protests over this clear Church/State cooperation.   The money has been turned over...
  • SC:Eye Witness Account of Sumter Turn In (buyback) with Private Buyers

    08/13/2013 8:50:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A few guns turned in at a Phoenix gun Turn in, May, 2013 Several private buyers competed with the police for a small number of turn ins at the Sumter gun turn in event in South Carolina last Saturday.  The events were held at two locations, which diluted the already meager collection.  A total of 35 items were turned in. Armaborealis from palmettoshootersforum.com gives us this detailed account: DreamerOfDreams and I headed down to the Alice drive location. We showed up around 1030-1100 ish and set up across the street with some folding chairs and signs. We were pretty far...
  • SC:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Sumter, Turn in (buyback) 10 August, 2013

    08/05/2013 8:34:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Some guns purchased privately at a Phoenix turn in event Sumter, South Carolina, will be having a gun turn in even on 10 August, 2013.  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 two locations:Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 W. Fulton St. and Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road.  The events are scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm.  People often turn up early at these events. The incentives for the gun turn...
  • FL:Twin Miami Gun Turn in (buyback) events also Bust on July 27th

    08/02/2013 2:35:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Some guns turned in at a Phoenix event The same day the Racine gun turn in event produced a poor showing, with about 10% of the 77 guns turned in being bought specifically for the event, twin events in the Miami, Florida area also resulted in small numbers being turned in. This trend continues the tradition of low turn in numbers for the Miami area.   CBSMiami writes that three turn in events in 2012, only yielded "more than 200 guns", a very low number for such a large metropolitan area.  The twin events in the Miami area resulted in...
  • WI:Racine Gun Turn In: 10% of guns at "buy back" were Purchased for the Event

    07/30/2013 4:49:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Phoenix Turn in Event Correction: Cash was offered at the event, not gift cards. Update: Comments sent to me by a source who was at the turn in event in Racine on Saturday the 27th, said that one person had purchased 7 BB  guns new at Walmart to turn in at the event.  Only 77 guns were turned in altogether. The source says that the BB guns were purchased for $120 and turned in for $350. It appears that the event organizers are learning something about market economics.   More resources offered for a product stimulate demand.  Reducing...
  • WI:Racine Gun Turn in (buy back)a Bust

    07/28/2013 4:05:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Image of air guns turned in at Phoenix gun turn in event About as many people turned up to buy firearms as turned up to turn them in.  A total of 77 guns were turned in, with many of them being BB guns.  About 50 people turned up to buy any guns that were worth more than the gift cards offered by the turn in organizers.    It is very common for people turning in guns to bring two or more guns to be turned in. The turn in organizers had $2,500 left over to purchase more firearms.  It will...
  • Gun buyback program arms single women and poor

    07/21/2013 2:15:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | 21 July, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Forget the government buyback programs that destroy guns after collecting them. The Armed Citizen Project is a private program that gives the guns to single mothers and the urban poor. “We see this as a buyback we can believe in, one that removes old and unused firearms from homes of existing gun owners, and uses them to create new responsible gun owners in our own communities,” Kyle Coplen, the Armed Citizen Project’s founder, said in a statement from the organization. The group accepts both monetary and firearm donations. Donated guns are provided, with training, after background checks are performed, according...
  • WI Update:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Racine 27 July 2013

    07/15/2013 10:24:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 Racine, Wisconsin, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 27 July, 2013. 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 Urban League  at 718 North Memorial Drive in Racine  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Update: The incentives for the gun turn in will be from $50 to $100.  Only $6,000 has been donated thus far, so it is quite possible that the sponsors...
  • FL:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Miami Area, 27 July, 2013 Turn in, (buyback)

    07/09/2013 6:55:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
      Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be two gun turn in events on 27 July, 2013 in the Miami, Florida area.. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. One event will be held in North Miami at 15045 Biscayne Blvd at the Biscayne Landings sales office.  The other will be held in South Dade at 11350 SW 216 St.  Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gift cards valued up to $200...
  • OH:Protecting guns from destruction doesn't protect Second Amendment(barf alert)

    06/28/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Mark Naymik
    Ohio gun-rights advocates are upset about the defenseless killing of guns. Among this year's wave of proposals that are supposed to preserve the sanctity of the Second Amendment is one to protect the sanctity of the gun itself -- from murder. Ohio House Bill 210 – introduced by Republican Rep. John Becker of Southwest Ohio – would prohibit police departments and other law enforcement agencies from destroying legal guns and ammunition seized in crime investigations and collected through gun-buyback programs. I hope gun-rights advocates pay close attention because this bill is killing their credibility. The bill does absolutely nothing to...
  • WI:Cheap Gun Opportunity Developing in Racine for July 27th, 2013

    06/28/2013 3:40:25 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
      Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 Racine, Wisconsin, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 27 June, 2013. 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 Urban League  at 718 North Memorial Drive in Racine  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At this time it is unknown what or how much will be exchanged for various firearms.   In other parts of the country, inducements have usually been in the form...
  • PA:Cheap Gun Opportunity, North Philadelphia, Saturday, June 29, 2013

    06/26/2013 5:45:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 North Philadelphia will be hosting a gun turn in event on 29 June, 2013. 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 Deliverance Evangelistic Church at the corner of Lehigh and 21st, from 10 am to 2:00 p.m. Gift cards of $100 will be given for each gun turned in, no questions asked. Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get "guns...
  • OH:Buying back guns is strictly business

    06/23/2013 10:09:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    wksu.org ^ | 17 June, 2013 | KABIR BHATIA
    he Cleveland Police Department held its annual gun buyback over the weekend, swapping gift cards for certain types of firearms. Opponents say such programs waste taxpayer dollars and destroy desirable weapons. And as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, in many cases it comes down to a matter of economics. (snip) Effectiveness Gun advocates have become increasingly critical of buybacks. And in Arizona, lawmakers last month passed a law forbidding police from destroying guns obtained in such programs. Instead, they have to be sold to federally licensed dealers. Some researchers question the effectiveness of buybacks in fighting gun violence. A study from...
  • Gun Turn In "buy-back" Programs Do Not Work

    06/16/2013 4:35:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    I contend that the purpose of the programs is primarily symbolic, to delegitimize gun ownership and armed citizens, to condition the public to the idea of the legitimacy of turning guns over to the government and of the government destruction of guns.Guns Turned In at Recent Phoenix Gun Turn In Event In an article from the Times Herald, Carl Rotenberg writes: Academic studies of gun buy-back programs have concluded they are ineffective at reducing gun violence in the limited number of communities where they are held. Criminals rarely turn in guns used in crimes, and if they do turn in...