A small gun turn in event was held on last week in Selma, Alabama. These events are characterized by the propaganda term “buy back”, but as the organizers never owned the guns in the first place, they can’t be bought back. The turn-ins have become less popular in recent years as private buyers looking for bargains frequently offer more for the more guns than the organizers. That was the case in Selma . . .

As one private buyer told selmatimesjournal.com,

My name is Robert W. Kennedy Jr. and I am the founding member of BamaCarry..I offered more money.

Most of the guns were garbage..They refused to purchase broken guns..I was able to make quite a few good purchases..Rifles and Pistols..

I cannot wait for the next sale..

The event paid for 51 guns at $75 each. They didn’t come close to using the $5,000 that they had collected to pay people to give up their guns. And the organizers weren’t happy with the presence of private buyers.

The private buyers also set up a video camera as some have been harassed by police at previous gun turn-ins. It appears, though, that the First and Second Amendment activists were successful:

Police Chief John Brock said the group filmed from public property and does the same thing at other gun buy backs. He said they travel around buying antique guns that have high resell value.

“They are in it for a profit. They are looking for something worth more than several hundred dollars,” Brock said.

Brock said they also could sue government and law enforcement that interfere with their filming or buying.

“They sue people. They want people to tell them to leave. Everything they were doing was legal,” Brock said. “It’s perfectly legal to sell a gun … if I made them leave, there would be a lawsuit.”

In a post to bamacarry.org’s page on Facebook, Kennedy, who was open carrying, said that he offered to talk to a reporter, but that he was turned down.

WSFA Montgomery was also there for a few minutes but never spoke with us or filmed us. When I approached the reporter he refused to explain why. I handed him a business card and jokingly thanked him for unbiased reporting..

Numerous academic studies have found that thee events have no measurable effect on crime. The guns collected tend to be exactly the opposite of those used by criminals, and the people who turn them in are usually law abiders. The events’ primary purpose seems to be political theater, to drive home the narrative that “guns are bad”, “more guns = more crime”, and “only the police should have firearms”.

The presence of private buyers undercuts the narrative by showing that guns are useful, that responsible, law abiding people value them, and that turning guns into the police is a way to lose a valuable item that could be worth more on the legal market.

If the real point were to remove guns from a crime-ridden neighborhoods, the organizers would have been wise to cooperate with the private purchasers. The guns would still have been removed from the neighborhood, the sellers would receive more for their firearms and the guns would end up in responsible hands.

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36 Responses to Selma, AL Gun Turn-In Is a Success…For Private Buyers

  1. I called the so-called buybacks Compensated confiscation. It’s a good idea For the police that taking those firearms to be able to sell them back to the public But I’m a big hater of those programs Just more anti-gun rhetoric that doesn’t work

    • “I called the so-called buybacks Compensated confiscation.”

      Well, you’re wrong.

      “Confiscation” implies something is taken from you against your will.

      Those folks handed them over by their own free will.

      A more accurate term would be ‘gun buy up’

    • Events like this generally precipitate a rash of gun theft, as crack-heads scramble to get $75 for nothing.

      And the facilitators of these events like it that way.

      Pay no mind that it has no impact on crime, well, other than increasing gun thefts for the weeks between the announcement and the event…

      I’m also curious… If they weren’t accepting broken guns, guns that won’t fire… How did they test the function?

      • That actually sounds kinda silly. Just sayin’. If a coming gun buyback makes a crackhead want to come into my house to steal my guns, at extreme risk to life and limb, why would he not have already cleaned me out of jewelry, guns, china, etc, before that? Not certain this reading makes sense.

      • Probably blocked actions or clearly deactivated guns such as looking for cement in the barrel. That’s what I would look for, but I don’t know if the buy-back facilitators would be that astute. Maybe they meant broken as in had a scuff on the stock? It’s more likely they turned away the guns the private buyers looked at first and wouldn’t buy.

  2. ““They are in it for a profit. They are looking for something worth more than several hundred dollars,” Brock said.”

    Brock, what were YOU doing with them, then?

    If I find something worth $400… You offer the seller only $75… But I offer $100… How can you call me the profiteer? I gave them MORE than you were willing! Is math really that hard for you, Brock?

      • Larry,
        Don’t know that I’ve ever seen a police sponsored “gun buy” (which would be proper way to call it) I live between Austin & San Antonio, never seen one advertised for either city. Folks from Dallas and Houston might know?

  3. What a great idea (gun turn-ins)! Maybe we ought to do this with ISIS. I wouldn’t be surprised if some pointy-headed libturd doesn’t suggest this after the next slaughter.

  4. Too bad this doesn’t work in California, where all transactions have to be processed through an FFL. Pretty much have to be an FFL to participate in the private side of such events.

    • Guys with FFLs operate from card tables at gun shows doing the NICS on cell phones. Assuming their presence and transactions were otherwise legal in the vicinity of the “Official” gun buy I can’t see why a representative with an FFL would not be willing to join up in hopes of scoring a nice piece for resale.

  5. Did I miss it was immoral to make a profit??? I got 32000 bucks for a painting I paid $15 for. And I paid what they ASKED. Good on this guy paying more than the po-leece…

  6. “WSFA Montgomery was also there for a few minutes but never spoke with us or filmed us. When I approached the reporter he refused to explain why. I handed him a business card and jokingly thanked him for unbiased reporting..”

    *MIC DROP*

  7. “If the real point were to remove guns from a crime-ridden neighborhoods, the organizers would have been wise to cooperate with the private purchasers.”

    I never thought of that – since the organizers are generally anti-gun they’d never do that though. Despite the fact that it would work to actually increase their intake of weapons if people knew appraisers would be there, ready to make them a fair deal. If their gun wasn’t worth much, they’d at least get the money offered by the turn-in program. Point is, greed would motivate a good number of folks to come in whereas they would normally pass.

  8. I live about an hour north of Selma. Didn’t hear a peep about a gun ‘buyback’ on any of the news outlets before or after. I had no clue this was happening or I would have been there with cash in hand, too!

  9. Every once in awhile they do one around here but they offer like $200. I have an old Ruger 10/22 that has been threw hell and has more rounds than I can count threw it. I’d sell it for $200 than head over to my gun store for a nice new one.

    I’ll gladly separate some fools from their $200 and give it to my local gun store instead.

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