Quote of the Day: LA’s Unloved Guns Edition

“Your homes are safer without unwanted guns.”  –  Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck [above right], L.A. gun buyback yields rocket launcher, assault weapons, latimes.com

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  1. avatar Nate says:

    Read: “Safer and easier to perform illegal searches and seizures to”

  2. avatar Juan Grande says:

    I didn’t know there were unwanted guns. Wow.

    1. avatar Totenglocke says:

      That just makes me want to start an adoption foundation for unwanted guns.

      Everyday, millions of unwanted guns go unused or are thrown aware – sometimes even sold to the police for a fraction of their value. For just pennies a day, you can help an unwanted gun find a good and loving home!

      1. avatar Gregg says:

        +1
        Sign me up!

      2. avatar CGinChicago says:

        Can we get Sarah Sarah Mclachlan to be the spokesperson she does such a good job at guilt tripping me in her commercials.

      3. avatar Sanchanim says:

        LOL so if we take in one of these unwanted guns can we get subsidies from the government too?? 🙂

  3. avatar Roadrunner says:

    Then on the spectrum of safety they must be really safe with wanted guns, right? That makes me feel good, because I want all mine.

  4. avatar DaveM says:

    Just how many turned in were stolen (never to be returned to rightful owner), used in a crime (possibly never to be solved) or a firearm worth more than the $100-$200 being offered.
    Last year there was photo in the local paper of 3 S&W N frames turned in for $100, didn’t matter if it you had 1 or 3 it was still $100.
    Even if I could have bought the N frames it would have taken 3 months with CA 1 handgun per month rule.

  5. avatar C. Walther says:

    Taking the adoption thing a step farther, I’ve seriously wondered about the legality and practicality of starting the equivalent of a gun library. Gather a bunch of different firearms, and if a person wants to check one out to test-drive, all they have to do is pass a BG check and leave a deposit in the form of money or a suitably valuable weapon. Once they tire of that particular gun, they can check it back in for something else or get their deposit back.

    Basically, the public library of rental guns.

    1. avatar C. Walther says:

      I should add that it differs from a gun range in that they can take the guns home with them and use them as they would a gun they owned, rather than be confined to the range.

      1. avatar HSR47 says:

        Arguably, legality would vary by state. The issue though, is that given current federal law regarding transfer of firearms, I doubt such an idea would be feasible in the present political climate.

  6. avatar Silver says:

    I sort of think his statement is correct; if you don’t want a gun in your house, why do you have it? If you don’t want it, you don’t practice with it, you don’t teach your kids how to safely handle it, you don’t maintain it, and you probably don’t bother making sure it’s locked up.

    I’m sure, given he’s an LA cop, that’s not what he meant and he implied “all” guns but still. Regardless, more people die due to unwanted (and unwarranted) police in their homes than “unwanted” guns.

  7. avatar bontai Joe says:

    Some years ago, Philly had a similar gun buy back priogram and I found out about it too late, They were offering $100 for each handgun and $50 for rifles and shotguns. I had bought a collection from a guy because I wanted the .303 Enfield he had. It was an all or nothing sale, and most of the rest of the stuff was junk, and when I heard of this buy back scheme, my first thought was to cash my junk in so I could buy a decent working handgun. These programs don’t happen often in my neck of the woods, and lately, they have been offering gift cards for stores like K-Mart or Nike. I wanted cash. I have about 5 long guns out of this collection that have a total pawn value of about $50 so the buy back program would be the best deal I’ll ever get for these. Give you an example, one is a Remington single shot bolt rifle that some previous owner drilled all the way thru the receiver into the chamber for a scope mount, another is a no-name 12 ga break open single barrel shot gun with a busted stock, and mutilated cut off barrel that is still legal length, but essentially unuseable.Like I said, junk.

  8. avatar Aaron says:

    The weapon the officer is holding seems to be the type that shows up in a lot of Robert Rodriguez films.
    All that pic needs is Danny Trejo to make it complete.

  9. avatar Will Litten says:

    That rocket launcher they mention. I wonder if some guy just showed up with a used AT4 tube and collected $200? The article said it was just a launcher, no rockets. “Here is my utterly useless plastic tube, I’ll collect my money now.”

    1. avatar JWhite says:

      Thats exactly what happened. Every year they manage to “reel in” some weapon which even we would crap our pants if we found laying around grandpas basement.

      It’s like they plant them for the photo ops. “See we have an AT4 rocket launcher, and here we have an AK47 Assault Rifle with a 75round drum mag” In the pictures the odd ball assault weapons ALWAYS look BRAND SPANKING NEW, like they just cam out of the SRT gun locker.

      How about this… With California being one of the #1 rated states by the Brady Campaign (http://www.bradycampaign.org/stategunlaws/scorecard/CA)

      How in the hell did that “assault weapon” get here? Yeah, let that marinate for a minute…

      1. avatar bontai Joe says:

        So I took a quick look at the “Brady Map” link you posted. If I interput it correctly, all the red states are close to normal, and it’s the green moldy ones we need to either fix or stay out of?

      2. avatar soccerdad says:

        wow, thanks for that link. I’d never been to that website before. Those people are sheep. The good news? There was a lot of red on that map, and I live in a yellow state (PA), so it gets better than this? WooHoo!

  10. avatar JWhite says:

    I wonder how many Mosin Nagant’s they picked up? Probably tons of them. You buy the damn thing for $89, you use the crap out of it, or not, and sell it back for more than you paid. Not a bad deal IMO. License and Tax not included, but still…

  11. avatar DaveL says:

    An unwanted gun in your home is the one being carried by an unwanted visitor.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      Now THAT’S the truth for sure!!!!!!

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Winner winner chicken dinner!

  12. avatar Tom says:

    “Your homes are safer without unwanted guns.” – Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck , which according to him are all guns except squirt guns.
    Unwanted for you to have by your Government.

  13. avatar Bob says:

    How many cops grabbed one of those guns for their own personal use? I would be shocked if many were not grabbed.

  14. avatar Bob S says:

    The rocket launcher picture got wide publicity. They’re harmless – the rockets do most of the work. How about a headline – “LA Police buy expensive fiberglass tubes.”

  15. avatar Clyde says:

    The Chiefs comment ring hollow when they’re delivered by a man who has firearms in his home but doesn’t want the rest of us to be afforded the same rights or privileges.

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