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“The East Baton Rouge local government set up two exchange stations Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. where citizens could trade in unwanted guns for Circle K gas vouchers,” reports, “which ranged from $50 to $300 depending on the type of weapon exchanged. Guns less than .38 caliber were traded in for $50 in gas vouchers — while anything above turned out $100 — except for assault weapons, which could earn owners up to $300. Since last year, the trade-in value of assault weapons was increased from $200 to $300. [East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar] Moore said the bump in price was effective. ‘Within one hour there were five [assault weapons] that were collected. It’s good to get those off the streets.'” Tell that to the owners whose guns were stolen by thieves who subsequently turned them into the police under “no questions asked” immunity.

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  1. Instead of having a gun buyback program, why don’t cities use taxpayer dollars more effectively and hold a criminal buyback program?

  2. Do they check the numbers and call the owners at least? Or just let the cops have their pick and destroy the worthless ones? I knew some guys who always made out like bandits after these buy backs, they paid a nominal amount into some LEO union charity fund and took whatever guns they wanted at pennies on the dollar.

  3. I’m willing to bet that these fools only received some “sporting rifles”, because no one is stupid enough to turn in a real assault weapon for a few hundred dollars.

    • You would be shocked at some of the stuff I’ve seen turned in. Not modern semi autos so much as “Grandads funky double barrel that’s not a 12 gauge” (H & H express rifle) or “that crappy old bolt action .22” (Win 52 Sporting). There are hundreds, if not thousands, of older sporting arms whose value far,far,far outweighs almost any modern mass produced military style rifle.

  4. So an assault weapon is something that can be used in an assault right? I can use a rolled up news paper to assault someone right? I am going to sell my old newspapers to the government for $300 each and I will use the money to buy a browning m2.

  5. “We’re not really making a pitch to criminals to turn in their weapons,” Dyer said. “But if you can get [guns] off the streets, everybody is going to be better off in the long run.”

    So, they’re only wanting to disarm the law abiding citizen. I guess Nawlins is starting to rub off on Baton Rouge.

    “All the city’s money used in the Gas For Guns operations comes from drug forfeiture funds from drug busts.”

    Oh, no, let’s not do anything good with the money like finance a drug treatment program.

    There is just so much FAIL in this article.

  6. I hope they checked the guns before destroying them. I said destroying on the assumtion that is what they did with them. If they sold them to anyone, including law enforcement, they have only re-started the cycle. Buying old beater guns from Americans is like peeing in your pants. It gives you a warm feeling but accomplishes nothing. Keep criminals behind bars that use guns to commit crimes and that will save more lives than any buy back or gun control program.


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