‘Buy Back’ Gun Turn In Backfires

Newport Or Gun Turn In 'buyback'By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-

There was a gun turn in event, ‘no questions asked’ in Newport, Oregon last Saturday, the 17th of January.   A number of second amendment supporters planned for the event, and attended.    From centaloregoncoastnow.com:

Fred Meyer Gift Cards will be available for working order guns (limit 3 gift cards per person, but more than 3 guns will be accepted). All firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of your car or comparably secured in your pickup truck. No questions asked.

$175 Assault or assault-like rifle

$125 Handgun

$ 75 Long guns, such as rifles or shotguns

$ 25 High capacity magazine

$ 5 Pellet or BB guns (Arctic Circle Gift Car

All weapons collected are removed from circulation and melted down. The Newport Police Department will donate unique or antique weapons to an appropriate historical museum.

It is the essence of silly to pay money for valuable merchandise in order to destroy it.   Clearly, one of the primary purposes of this political theater is to drive home the propaganda message that guns are bad and should be turned into the police.  Private buyers at these events destroy that message, because clearly, if they are paying cash for guns, guns are valuable.  Because they are doing so in front of police, they must be legal.  At the Newport event, the number of private buyers was said to outnumber those who wished to turn in guns.   Many of the private purchasers brought and turned in guns whose value was very low.

One of the participants in the gun turn in brought in a functional single shot shotgun that he had made at home. He has a video on YouTube showing that it works. The turn-in refused to pay him for it. From opencarry.org:

I’ll be attending. In an attempt to work with the enemy I will be turning in three firearms while simultaneously open carrying. Two of those firearms were acquired at the last buyback for the purposes of turning them in……they’re really rough, unsafe, and only barely able to function. I paid $50 for both and they closed the turn in when I was just 4 or 5 people from the front of the line.

The third weapon is an evil one. It is a very dangerous 12 gauge ghost gun with no serial number. It was manufactured in the back yard, has no safety devices, and is decked out to be highly attractive to young children, especially little girls. Note the “Hello Kitty” motif on the entire stock!!!!

At the show, many of the motivated second amendment supporters were in line first, turning in the barely functional guns for gift cards.   One of the participants displays the numerous gift cards that he obtained.  The video producer shows the firearms that he was able to purchase at the event.  The nicest of the bunch was a Remington model 11 in decent shape.
 A local radio station reported that a total of 138 firearms were turned in.  It appears that most of them were of very low value.  I am not sure if the AR type rifle pictured is a turn-in or a prop for the photograph brought by a police officer.  The total did not list an “assault type rifle”.  From kxl.com:
They got a gift card in exchange. In the pot: 18 shotguns, 18 rifles, 35 semi-automatic pistols and 67 revolvers. Magazines and ammunition were also accepted. Each gun will get a background check and any that turn out to be stolen will be sent to the agency that reported it.
Another participant purchased an 70-year-old pump .22, but was asked by the seller to return it to him, so that it could be melted down.  I like to think that I could have talked him out of that foolish action, but the buyer showed his hyper intention to be agreeable, and returned the lovely antique to be destroyed.  From poster We-the-People at opencarry.org:
They ran out of gift cards 22 minutes into the four hour event…..patriots were lined up turning in JUNK and cheap 30 round mags. They were giving $25 cards for 30 round mags that can be bought for less than $10 these days.

After running out of cards, they somehow got permission to give out IOU’s. That sure helped the CASH PAYING buyers though as we’d explain that there were no gift cards left but they could get an IOU and get mailed a card (maybe) in a couple weeks…..but WE PAID CASH NOW.

I picked up 5 weapons including a Model 11 Remington SemiAuto 12 gauge from 1926, a Mossberg bolt action 20 gauge from 1947-1950 (with no factory SerNo as they weren’t required back then an Mossberg didn’t do it), AND a pre 1900 12 gauge breech action with Damascus barrel……AND……. a couple of 22 pistols. One pistol is like NIB with serial numbers of box, barrel, cylinder, and frame all matching plus the original manual.

Where the disarmists have not made private sales illegal, these gun turn in events are a dying breed.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

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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Ted Fowler

The AR was a legitimate turn in. I was right behind the woman that turned it it in, along with a pistol grip 12 ga. I think some husband or ex husband is going to be really annoyed. The gun buyers outside said they couldn’t make a deal with her. She was only interested in turning it in.


These programs claim success for getting guns ‘Off the Street” when in fact they all were inside locked homes or businesses.


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Bowl of Jacob’s stew for your birthright, Esau

People are being slaughtered, lacking what you casually trade away.

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Taking a page out of rules for radicals the liberal play book, destroy the gun turn in from the inside great job patriots!


Cop has his hand on ‘prop assault rifle’ !…whatever that is !!! I read somewhere that for every gun turned in at a buyback 30,000K new are made !


Cabelas has 30 round ar15 mags for $5.99 hps or something like that nice way for you and your friends to turn $18 into $75 in gift cards or Blackhawk mags are $9.99 . Spend all their gift cards while you make $.