There will be a gun turn-in event in early June in Opa-locka, Florida. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them in the first place. The location for the event hasn’t been announced yet, but the last turn-in event on 25 January, only yielded eleven guns, seen above. This is a semi-annual event, and the numbers were much higher in 2012, with 58 turned in in June of that year, and over 100 snatched up at the December 22nd event, shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy . . .
I have not seen the incentives to be offered at the event, but they appear to be between $50 and $100, as a total of $800 was handed out for the 11 firearms last time. But these events offer Second Amendment activists the opportunity to pick up some firearms at reasonable prices. The gift cards offered for firearms generally undervalue a significant number of the firearms turned in. In this case, there appears to have be a nice Smith & Wesson model 10, a Ruger semi-auto pistol, a sporterized Mauser rifle and a M91 Carcano Cavalry Carbine that looks to be in original military configuration.
The upcoming event is labeled as a “no questions asked” event. So the possibility of stolen firearms seems a little higher than usual. At most events, it’s reported that stolen guns are less than one percent of the total take. But in the December, 2012 event, six stolen guns were taken in out of over 100 turned in.
Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get “guns off the street”. At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering more cash for the worthwhile guns. You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curb with your “Cash for Guns” sign, offering more than a gift card for those valuable firearms.
This action serves many useful purposes. It gets more guns off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they’re turning in. And it prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by inflexible bureaucrats. A win-win-win situation.
It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.
Private sales are legal in Florida. Open carry of firearms is generally not legal, but it appears that brief displays of a firearm are accepted, if the display isn’t in a threatening manner. First hand accounts of this turn-in would be appreciated, as would any pictures. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.
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