I was at the last (College Park) buy back. Most of the folks appeared to middle aged and elderly with mostly crap guns but a fairly large amount of really decent guns. I saw a few younger guys ass hanging out of their pants but they were the exception not the rule.Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get "guns off the street". At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.
Many of the folks didn't want to wait >1hr+ to get $100-$150 when they could get that or more now from a well dressed honest appearing and acting citizen. Many are not sure of the law but will sell to another person if the believe it's legal.
Despite the political organizers attempting a public relations stunt "getting guns of the street" and saving lives our presence there is a big black eye and if they could outlaw it they would. I would be wary about surrounding private property as they may have worked an agreement for owners to refuse private transfers of firearms in order to at least chase us off or arrest us. If someone has access to intel or rumor please forward that in this thread. It's the one method they could use to strike back at us for they loath that we have such rights.
The last buy back ran out funds and a lot of guns changed hands then.
You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curb with your "Cash for Guns" sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.
This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation.
It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.
Local information about the area, and any feedback about the event would be appreciated.
Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events
Link to most recent article about private buyers at Detroit event
Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers
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