Indiana Media & Associate Press Promote Destruction or Guns Over Saving Tax Payers Money

By Dean Weingarten

Gun Buy Back Weapons
Gun Buy Back photo op for Anti Gun Press before weapons are destroyed and tax payer monies wasted.
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(   A few days ago, I wrote about a modest reform to stop the waste of valuable resources occurring at Indiana gun turn in programs, also known as “buy backs“.

“Buy backs” is a misnomer, as the guns were never owned by the people who are buying them in the programs.  

The reform was a simple one: as tax dollars are expended in these turn in programs, instead of the valuable assets that are collected being destroyed as a primitive symbolic measure, once the guns have been taken off the streets, they should be sold to legal dealers.  This returns them to lawful channels of commerce, with the proceeds then used to benefit the community.  The purpose of the reform was clearly stated by the proponent, Senator Jim Tomes:

The guns that are still usable will be auctioned off and the money, minus the taxes, will be given back to the department that resold the guns. The departments can use the money to buy ammunition, vests, weapons or otherwise enhance public safety.

As I looked for other coverage of the reform, I saw misleading headline after misleading headline.  Most of the Indiana media covering the reform claimed that it was a “ban” on gun “buy backs“.  But that simply was not true.

There would be no “ban” on “buy backs“.   The only ban would be on the destruction of valuable assets.  Here are some examples:

From NWI Politics:

Lawmakers take aim at gun buy back programs

 INDIANAPOLIS | A proposal forcing Gary and other Indiana cities to end their gun buy-back programs was approved 6-2 Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Gun buy-back programs may become illegal

 A bill that would do away with gun buy-back programs in Indiana will now go before the Indiana Senate for a vote.

From (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposal to prohibit local governments in Indiana from holding gun buy-back programs is on its way to the state Senate. (another AP, same story, Gannet) (another AP, same story) (another AP, same story)


Indiana gun buy-pack program draws fire

 A bill to prevent local governments from holding gun buy-back programs is on its way to the state Senate. The sponsor of the bill says he can't understand why police would want to destroy guns that have significant value and could be resold.

From (headline from wthr)

Gun buy-back programs may become illegal

What this shows is the incestuous relationships in the old media, and the over reliance on the AP to decide what “spin” to put on an article.   Though most of the articles go on to describe the actual bill as merely a ban on the destruction of valuable guns, the idea that this somehow “bans” cities from doing “buy backs” has already been stated.

Of course, when guns are sold to lawful collectors, instead of destroyed for symbolic purposes, it destroys the underlying “guns are bad” message instead.

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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.

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VT Patriot
VT Patriot
6 years ago

These gun ‘buybacks’ are a bad joke. Historic and valuable guns are turned into cash for the owner, usually not much more than the cost of the gas to get to the buyback. Then, the officials in charge take out the valuable items for their own use or collection, and destroy the non functioning, rusted, junk left over. All in a charade to ‘rid the streets of guns’.
I don’t see the bad guys showing up to turn their stolen or illegally bought guns into $50 Wallmart credit cards.

6 years ago

A real “buy-back” occurs when a burglary victim goes to an “inner city” garage sale to recover their property.