“According to [Delaware] Senate Bill 25, police departments could offer $100 for every gun turned in by a citizen,” communitypub.com reports, “who could do so anonymously and with immunity from concealed carry charges.” The total initial damage to the taxpayers’ collective wallet: $100k for fiscal year 2012. This despite the fact that there are no facts proving that gun buyback programs do anything to reduce violent crime, and the inherent problem of creating an amnesty for people turning in guns that may have been used in violent crimes. Although, really, gun buybacks yield little more than a bunch of broken-ass firearms and a few “SEE! IT’S DANGEROUS!” exceptions to the rule. Even so . . .
John Thompson of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, goes a little OTT re: the provision that gives citizens immunity from concealed deadly weapons charges whilst running guns to [official] buybacks:
“If I’m a police officer and I pull someone over and they have a gun in their pocket that they’re taking to the buy-back, and they take it out to show me, I’m going to shoot them,” he said.
Speaking of mortality, once a government program is established, it’s harder to kill than that fire-breathing bitch in Silent Scope.