On Saturday, the 9th of February, there will be a gun turn in at the Tabernacle of David Church at 2645 W. Holmes Rd. The City of Lansing will be offering grocery gift cards for guns, at fairly low prices: $50 for long guns, $100 for handguns, and $150 for "military style" "assault weapons".
Market forces and pro-freedom activists must be working, because the organizers say that they will not pay for home made guns. As crude zip guns and other home made guns are some of the most dangerous guns out on the street, it is easy to see that there is no logic in this program.
This is a great opportunity to show up and offer a better deal in cash for the nicer firearms that are brought in. Firearms enthusiasts have been doing this around the nation with considerable success. Here are links to stories where it has happened:
These turn in events are usually called "buy backs", a subtle fraud, as the firearms were never owned by the government in the first place.
These events are political theater designed to delegitimize armed citizens and the ownership of guns. In a practical sense they defraud ignorant gun owners, who are often poor widows, waste police resources, destroy valuable property, and increase the demand for new guns by decreasing the supply of used guns.