Sometimes unintended consequences are beautiful things to behold. Take, for instance, Colorado’s recently-passed, MAIG-managed gun control laws. Two fun side-effects have been the schadenfreude-rich upcoming recall elections a couple of the state’s most ardent gun-grabbers are now facing…otherwise known as just desserts. But wait, there’s more! One of the new requirements foisted on Centennial State People of the Gun is that every firearms transfer now has to be made via an FFL. Simple common sense, right? Well, yes, if you’re of that particular rights-abrogating bent. Only one problem with that — if you want to conduct
some useless security theater the civic-minded gesture of letting felons dump evidence for cash taking guns off the street through a buyback, you’re now SOL . . .
Organizers have canceled a gun buyback at the request of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who said Colorado’s new gun laws would make the Aug. 4 event nearly impossible to stage.
“The bottom line is what we anticipated doing would still be legal — but procedurally we can’t follow through with it at this time,” Pelle said Tuesday.
That procedural SNAFU is commonly known as a NICS check, as provided by an FFL.
“It’s not a portable system,” Pelle said. “It can’t be done at the site.”
Really? No cell phone coverage in Boulder? Or is there another problem the sheriff ran into?
Essentially, for the event to work, Pelle said the group would have to find a licensed firearms dealer to host the event and then pay the dealer per transaction, “which becomes very unproductive,” he said.
In other words, local FFLs told them to GTFO. Or wanted to charge them at least $50 per transfer, which would render the economics of a gun buyback as “unproductive” as, say, the federal budget.
Event organizers had planned to give gift cards or tickets to sporting events to people who turned in firearms. Students raised nearly $8,000 to purchase the incentives.
The idea was to collect guns and then immediately hand them over to the Sheriff’s Office for destruction. Some of the remnants of the destroyed firearms would then be passed along to Boulder-area metalworking artist Jessica Adams to use for a sculpture aimed at creating gun violence awareness.
Hold on. I have to wipe away a tear. There. That’s better.
So while Boulder will suffer the heartbreak of a cancelled buyback, Sheriff Pelle’s consoling himself in the knowledge that the enhanced background check system is now in place, keeping Coloradans safe.
While he said he understands organizers may be disappointed, he said the “larger good” is accomplished by the background check requirement.
Here’s a shocker: Sheriff Pelle’s not one of the group of Colorado sheriffs suing to overturn the anti-2A legislation. But you probably already knew that. [h/t Edward I.]