One Third of 364 Guns Turned in Paid for With IOUs

By Dean Weingarten

Gun Buy Back Weapons
Gun Buy Back Weapons
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( Saturday, 15 March, a gun turn in event was held in Winston Salem, North Carolina.   220 handguns and 144 rifles and shotguns were reported as being turned in, along with unnumbered airguns and BB guns.   $20,000 was allocated for the event.  When the money ran out, the event organizers decided to issue IOUs for the remaining $12,000 dollars.   I have not found a report that indicates if there were private buyers competing with the event organizers to buy the offered firearms and air guns, though their had been some discussion of this on at least one North Carolina gun forum before the event.

Several of the activists used the event to dispose of faulty firerams that were worth less on the free market than the incentive offered:

A friend took a couple of junk guns up for me. I got $175 for a couple of inoperable junkers that needed to be thrown away anyhow (between several friends we got $1800 of their money). I will be on the lookout for more junk to take to the next one. While I obviously disagree with their notion of using tax payer dollars to “take guns off the streets”, I feel that taking as much of their money as possible is the best method to subvert the spirit of the initiative. Any money I get from them will be funneled directly into more guns and ammo! My hope is that any anti-gun organizations or individuals who make private donations to this cause will now have fewer funds to donate elsewhere.

Another member implied that there may have been private buyers, but did not offer details, with this cryptic response:  “Some deals to be had there!”

The physical setup of this turn in event made private offers to buy difficult.  It was held at a fairground, and private buyers were not allowed in at the gate, which was hundreds of yards from the collection point.   This article has several pictures of the set up and the firearms turned in.

Another event will be held at the First Waughtown Baptist Church, 838 Moravia St., on Saturday, 12 April.

The event will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. They often open a little early and run out of money early.  People started showing up for the 15 March event 90 minutes early. The best time to make deals is when people show up after they have run out of rewards to give out, or when people have to wait in line.  People who have a number of inexpensive guns to turn in, should arrive early to make sure that the organizers do not run out of money before they can turn in what they wish to dispose of. People who turn in guns will be required to give their names.

Private sales are legal in North Carolina, as they are in most states.  I understand that a permit from the Sheriff is required to purchase a pistol, but that it is good for five years over the whole State.
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.

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.

  • 7 thoughts on “One Third of 364 Guns Turned in Paid for With IOUs

    1. Im thinking of posting a sign on my truck 1 block in front of the chursh and offer 50.00 more than they are offering. Im trying to get some guys here in ft bragg to head up there and get some good deals from the sheeple.

    2. I don’t wish for anyone to get robbed, but if it has to happen, I hope these idiots that turned their weapons in are the first to be robbed. They need to place a sign in front of their homes letting the whole world know they turned their weapons in. Now, that should make them feel real safe.

    3. go out and buy a few of the 120 dollar cobra 380’s and resell them to the buy back and then your supporting the firearm manufacturers then gun sales people and you can turn around and buy more guns with the money you get.

    4. These vile odious damnable “turn in guns for
      cash” scams are predicated upon deceit, lies,
      and dishonest anti-gun socialist propaganda!
      These remind me of a 1918 Bolshevik propaganda
      poster urging “ordering” serfs and peasants to
      surrender their personal weapons and sharp
      farming implements to Lenin and Trotsky’s brutal
      murderous Cheka: the original Soviet Secret Police! The reign of terror followed. Furthermore police departments, churches, and
      merchants have no legitimate business being
      involved in, or promoting such damnable political scams! Any merchant who prostitutes
      themsevles to this deserves to be boycotted and ran out of business, period! This is predicated
      upon class warfare. See my two Ashland, Oregon
      Daily Tidings commentaries alluding to this.
      They include: “Anti-gun agenda is class warfare”
      (ADT: Friday, August 3, 2009) and “The War on
      American Gun Owners” (ADT:Monday, August 3, 2009), respectively. These remain archived at Enter into “Search Tidings.” Anyone who willfully surrenders their
      firearms at these odious anti-gun scams doesn’t
      deserve freedom, dignity, understanding, or
      mercy! They have already surrendered and sold
      their soul and autonomy to the almighty corrupt
      “LBJ/KGB” state!

    5. Gun “buy-backs” are nothing but “feel good” political theatre sponsored by “Progressives”. I applaud anyone who can “game the system” by dumping their broken guns for cash. You can bet those running the “show” are awash in your tax dollars.

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