By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Charlotte, North Carolina, will be having a gun turn in event on Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 December, 2013.
While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.
The rewards are rather unusual at this event: $25 to $50 for handguns and $100 for shotguns and assault rifles. They will not accept more than five guns per person, and you must leave as soon as you have received the gift card. They want the unloaded gun to be in a plastic bag, and any ammunition to be in a separate plastic bag.
The event will be held at New Life Fellowship Church at 1331 Samuel Street, which is in the old Double Oaks Community. Their telephone number is (704)-377-7030. They expect to be open until noon on Saturday.
The incentive for the gun turn in is a $100 Walmart gift card. That price should bring out a number of guns, even for such a short time. Private sales are legal in North Carolina, as they are in most states. Handgun sales are supposed to require approval by the local Sheriff, but it appears that a permit to purchase is valid for five years.
You might want to read about the Phoenix event to see how things were handled there.
Be prepared for a percentage of people who refuse to talk to anyone but police. All the private buyers that I saw in Phoenix were very polite and let these ideologically driven people turn in their guns for a fraction of what they would be worth on the open market.
Signs are helpful, as are good grooming, cash, and a friendly attitude. Dale Carnegie's advise for dealing with people works very well.
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 cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.
You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curb with your “Cash for Guns” sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.
This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation.
It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.
Local information about the area, and any feedback about the event would be appreciated.
- Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events
- Link to most recent article about private buyers at Detroit event
- Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.