Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cheap Gun Opportunity/Profitable Gun Turn in; Minneapolis 27 August, 2016

Some guns turned in at a Phoenix event in 2013

There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 27 August, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  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 two locations: Fire Station 17 at 330 E 38th St. in south Minneapolis; Fire Station 14 at 2002 Lowry Ave N in north Minneapolis.  Compensation will be in the form of Visa gift cards. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The compensation offered at this event is very generous when comparted to most of these events.  The total amount available for compensation is not stated.  From
People can receive Visa gift cards for the following amounts in exchange for various types of guns:

$300 = compensation for turning in an assault weapon, semi-automatic small caliber rifle with detachable magazine
$200 = compensation for turning in handguns and large caliber rifles, bolt action or lever action rifle
$100 = compensation for turning in shotguns, and small caliber rifles, bolt action or lever action rifle
$15 (or donated)= compensation for turning in inoperable guns of any kind, antique firearms, or BB guns.

Ammunition and firearm accessories are accepted for free.
Who will be making the determination of exactly what is an "assault weapon" is not clear, but last week there was a Savage semi-automatic small caliber rifle with a detachable 10 round magazine in WalMart, brand new, for $99 plus tax.

There are many old and tired handguns in the country that can be had for less than $100.  The RG-14 comes to mind.

I suspect that the supply of gift cards will be quickly depleted.  If you intend to drop off a couple of well worn RGs revolvers or Davis semi-auto, get there early.  There will likely be a line forming before the stated time.

It is not clear if there will be a police presence at the Fire Stations.

Some police departments are hostile to private buyers; others are friendly.  It is best to do local research before arriving to offer to buy firearms. Much depends on what public parking is available, and where private buyers are allowed.
Some private buyers have been able to overcome these obstacles and achieve considerable success.

Once the available funds are expended, people will be showing up with guns that they want to get rid of, only to find that the money they expected is gone.  Many private sales occur in these situations.

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.

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.

Private sales are legal in Minnesota.  There is no requirement to ask the government for permission to transfer a firearm, but transferring one to a known  prohibited possessor is against the law.

Here is how private buyers handled challenges in Jacksonville, Florida.

Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events
Link to most recent article about private buyers at Milwaukee event

Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers

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Anonymous said...

I find it Odd when looking at the pictures to notice that most of the gun turn ins weapons are shotguns or .22s. It seems to be the only guns in big cities. Not much of a threat for the gun grabbers to complain about. we never see the ammo turned in. It would appear to me the turn ins are an effort get money to buy more ammo for better guns or better guns It seems to defeat the purpose in a number of ways. Not that shotguns and .22s are not deadly they are just not combat weapons unless you are well trained with them. rabbit hunting is not combat. at least not the combat this country may be headed for. for my self shot guns and .22s are fine, I have several of each along with several more appropriate calibers. but numbers count and I would rather carry 1,000 rounds of .22 than 1,000 rounds of 30-06. Good hits with any caliber are what count. A shot gun is for very close work I don't want them to get close enough for a shot gun. .22s have very little knock down power but they kill at long distances if you can hit the right spots. bird shot at a couple of hundred feet is not very effective, where double O buck makes a mess out of anything at close range.(50 t0 100 feet). Just my opinions

Greg said...

This sounds like a win-win for everyone involved and one of the more generous "buyback" schedules I have seen anywhere. No doubt this will be a busy place and things, including gift cards, will disappear fast. I think if you're not one of the first people there, it's going to be private buying and selling. But either way, lots of great finds will be there for the picking.