A “Gun Buyback” You Can Believe In

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The term “gun buyback” is anti-gun agitprop. For one thing, a government can’t buy back a gun they never owned. For another, there isn’t a shred of scientific or even anecdotal evidence that “gun buybacks” do anything to reduce firearms-related crime, suicides or negligent discharges. But the basic concept isn’t without its advantages. Forget “buybacks.” Think recycling. As cincinnati.com reports, Deer Park City, Ohio councilperson Charles Tassell goes there . . .

There is no regulation of gun buybacks in Ohio.

There are no laws that determine what happens to the guns after they are collected.

Typically, the guns are destroyed in buybacks conducted by cities and police departments.

Deer Park City Councilperson Charles Tassell, who is pro-gun and holds a concealed-carry permit, didn’t think that was the best way to run “Street Rescue,” his gun buyback program.

Instead, he turns in the collected guns to federally licensed firearms dealers to be sold to the right hands.

“It’s not my determination of the ‘right hands,'” Tassell said. “It’s the federal government’s decision.”

Buckeye Firearms explains why the system works so well:

Allowing the guns to go back into the secondary markets is a much better solution than simply destroying the firearms,” said Joe Eaton, treasurer of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “It protects the historical and collectible guns and makes families safer by making less expensive firearms available to them.”

Stolen guns are returned to their rightful owners. “Normal” guns are returned to the legal market to be sold to legal, responsible gun owners. Valuable guns — including important historical artifacts — are sold to dealers at a fair market price. The funds are used to continue the program. It is a win – win for all concerned.

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