Florida Gun Buyback Program Down 86 Percent

We’ve been arguing against gun buyback programs since day one (three years come mid-Feb). They’re a really bad idea on every level—save feel-good political grandstanding. If nothing else, these “no questions asked” cash-for-guns initiatives destroy evidence that could be used to solve crimes. And waste taxpayer money. And . . . don’t get me started. In an ideal world, gun buybacks would die from a confrontation with common sense. In the real world, they may peter out on their own. orlandosentinel.com brings us glad tidings of waning participation . . .

Residents looking to get rid of unwanted firearms at an annual gun-buyback event today trickled into the drive-through style dropoff site at theLake County Sheriff’s Officesubstation off State Road 50.

People were invited to exchange their unwanted guns for a $50 gift card to Walmart at the no-questions-asked event as part of the annual Central Florida Kicks for Guns collection. The event is sponsored by Central Florida Crimeline, a service that collects crime tips by phone and online for law enforcement, and Real Radio 104.1.

The event proved to be much less popular than last year, when the Sheriff’s Office collected nearly 400 firearms, more than any other site in Central Florida, and distributed more than $12,000 in gift cards. By late this afternoon the agency had collected 56 firearms, including one illegal weapon that had its serial number removed and still had some of its initial $5,000 gift-card supply left for late-comers.

I make that an 86 percent decrease. It’s also worth noting that there are millions of guns in Florida, both legal and illegal.

What are the odds that the buybacks’ organizers let the Florida gun buyback program die? Slim to none.

In other cities the people in charge simply raise the exchange rate, increasing the likelihood that criminals will steal guns from lawful owners to feed the market.

When it comes to gun control, you can’t fix stupid.