Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Gun turn in events, known by the Orwellian term ‘buyback’ (you cannot buy back what you never owned), have become rare outside of those states which ban private sales.
Connecticut requires that every gun sale is granted permission and be registered with the government. New Haven Connecticut is hosting a gun turn in event.
The New Haven Police Department gun buyback will be at 710 Sherman Parkway in New Haven, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. People turning in working guns will get gift cards for American Express, Stop & Shop, Target, Walmart, Kohl’s or Amazon while supplies last.
Single and double-shot (Derringer style) handguns will be worth $25; rifles and shotguns will be worth $50; pistols and revolvers (handguns) will be worth $100 and assault weapons (to be determined by New Haven Police) will be worth $200.
Guns must be delivered unloaded in clear plastic bags and any ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag. The person dropping off the gun will not be charged with illegal possession of that specific firearm, according to police.
They said no questions will be asked and no identification will be required.
710 Sherman Parkway in New Haven is the address for the New Haven Police Academy.
Licenses to purchase rifles, shotguns and handguns are required in Connecticut. Paperwork for the sale or transfer of all firearms is required by the State of Connecticut.
In 2016, the event collected 85 handguns, thirty-eight rifles and shotguns, an SKS, an AR15, and two sawed-off shotguns that were counted as four “assault rifles”. 15 inoperable guns were also turned in.
The gift cards ran out early, and more than a dozen people were turned away. The prices offered for guns are ridiculously low. In any state where people are free to sell and buy guns without government permission, any working single shot or derringer pistol would be worth $75. Working rifles or shotguns would be worth a $100, minimum. “Assault Weapons”, an imprecise term at best, could be worth from $200 to many thousands.
Academics have long written about the ineffectiveness of these events. Only a few places are still having them. In Washington state, public disarmament activists asked politicians to stop them because they were making the disarmists look bad.
From the Freakonomics” web site:
When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.
It looks difficult to make a profit at this event. The prices are low. The administrative burdens required to purchase a firearm are burdensome.
It was difficult to find pictures that were not restricted, from the last event.
If anyone near New Haven can obtain photographs from the event this Saturday, it would be useful.
2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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.