Antis Cancel Petersburg Virginia Gun Buy Back

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( The antis had to cancel their Saturday gun buy-up in Petersburg, VA.

I’ve been communicating with the Petersburg, VA City Attorney about all the legal problems that could affect both the City and the antis doing the buy-up.

(For example, the antis can’t promise “no questions asked.” If they accept possession of a machine gun or a stolen gun, then they could be charged with felonies, etc.)

For once the antis have done the right thing, at least for now – and indefinitely postponed the buy-up.

***Those of you in Petersburg – please keep a close eye on City Council to see that they don’t try to pass an ordinance authorizing such a buy-up. Let me know if any such thing crosses your radar scopes and VCDL will kick in to fight it.*** City Council should publish their agenda each month. Let’s not let this slip by us.

Here a related article on the cancellation:


Petersburg gun buyback postponed after legal questions
By Chris Thomas

A plan to get dangerous guns off the streets in Petersburg just hit a major road block. [PVC: The “plan” would do no such thing.]

Petersburg planned plan to host a gun buyback this weekend, but it is against the law to offer cash for guns without first getting approval. Organizers are not saying whether they had that approval, but the event has been postponed.

Commercials advertised the Petersburg Police and Mothers Against Violent Crime gun buyback this weekend.

“But the law says before a locality can do this,” said NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin. “They have to pass an ordinance.”

NBC12 emailed Petersburg Police and the City Attorney to find out if organizers obtained that required ordinance. We received a statement addressed to Petersburg Police Chief John Dixon reading, “We must postpone Mothers Against Violent Crimes’ 1st annual gun buyback due to circumstances beyond our control.” [PVC: Yeah, like not breaking the law?]

Benjamin says the required ordinances comes after a recent change in state law.

“This law was passed in 2012,” said Benjamin. “And it’s an example of how difficult it is for not only citizens, but also lawmakers and localities, to keep up with the vast number of bills that are passed.”

People turning in weapons would receive a $60.00 gift card for handguns, shotguns and rifles. Those with assault weapons, as classified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, would receive a $100 gift card.

“Gun buy backs are a total waste,” said gun shop manager David Hancock. “The guns that are turned in are either broken, cheap guns or aren’t even worth what they are giving them.”

Hancock also notes guns taken during the buyback must also be offered to a licensed dealer through public auction before just being destroyed.

The commercials have been pulled. Organizers promise they will hold an event like this in the very near future.

“It’s a hoop. It’s the law,” said Benjamin. “Jump through it before you can have the program.” [PVC: And we will be watching in case we have to fight an enabling ordinance being passed.]

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One of the unintended consequences of proposed “universal background checks” is that people doing a buyback would have to do a background check on each gun. That could slow things down. Also buybacks are a good opportunity for gun buyers to get a gun cheap before it is purchased in a buyback. This has happened at buybacks in other parts of the country.

Kenneth Waggoner

You should have let them do it, and then reported them afterward.