Thursday, May 13, 2021

Cheap Gun Opportunity in Canton, Ohio, 15 May, 2021


Picture of Phoenix gun turnin in 2015 (correction, 2013) by Dean Weingarten

There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 15 May, 2021 in Canton, Ohio. While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. From

The initiative includes:

  • Community Gun Buyback from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the Canton Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N. It features $100 gift cards; no questions asked; no ID requirements.


 Image from googlemaps, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

The gift cards are said to be for Walmart. There are  few working firearms  which are worth less than $100. The group hopes to collect 200, which would indicate about $20,000 available. The structure of the event has been designed to make private purchases of the guns being brought in difficult.  From an earlier story:

"This was CPD's idea," Stone said, "And I said, 'Hey, how can we help?"

If you participate, here's what to expect:

  • All guns must be operable for the gift cards.
  • All guns must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Don't get out.
  • All guns will be removed by a volunteer who will exchange the firearm for a gift card.

I was at a similar event in Phoenix, Arizona. It turned into a rolling gun show

 The gift cards tend to run out quickly. People who bring guns to the event after the gift cards run out are usually willing to deal with a cash offer.  This correspondent obtained some nice, if inexpensive guns, when this occurred in Phoenix.

Some Police are hostile to private buyers, others are indifferent or positive. It is a good idea to do some research before setting up a table and holding up a sign saying with "Cash for Guns" sign.

Private sales are legal in Ohio.

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.

Open carry is legal in Ohio. No permit is necessary. 

The author and AmmoLand do not offer legal advise. Research laws yourself, so you know what your rights are.

Here is a link to a previous article about a gun turn in event in Cleveland and how private purchasers handled the situation there. 

©2021 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

Gun Watch 

No comments: