Cheap Gun Opportunity in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 28 April, 2018

Cheap Gun Opportunity in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 28 April, 2018
Cheap Gun Opportunity in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 28 April, 2018

Arizona -( A gun turn in event in Crawfordsville, Indiana, delivers an opportunity for brave Second Amendment activists to obtain some nice guns for little money. Their actions would also create a media event to protect Second Amendment Rights.

The event will be held at the Crawfordsville Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crawfordsville is about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis.  From

Residents can turn in semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks or large-capacity clips in an upcoming program sponsored by a local church.

Wabash Avenue Presbyterian invites owners to take the weapons and accessories to the Crawfordsville Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. All items turned in will be melted down at Nucor Steel.

Owners will receive a $100 gift card from Kroger or County Market for guns and a $25 gift card for accessories.

No permit is required to purchase guns in Indiana.

Gift cards of $100 will be given for each “assault-style” gun turned in. $25 will be given for accessories such as bump stocks and “high capacity magazines”. This is a generous offer for magazines. I suspect the gift cards to run out very quickly. If you have some old magazines, you might want to turn them in and order excellent new standard capacity magazines for going rates of $9-$15 each.  I do not expect many “assault-style” firearms to be turned in, but alert Second Amendment supporters might intercept an SKS or a someone turning in an AR15 type rifle they inherited from their brother or husband. At one “buyback” event, one woman was going to turn in her boyfriend’s AR15 but took cash for it instead.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) today called for "military-style" guns to be locked away at gun clubs only. Foster is not one to shy away for calling for more gun control.
Gift cards of $100 will be given for each “assault-style” gun turned in. $25 will be given for accessories such as bump stocks and “high capacity magazines”.

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 store card or a number of twenty dollar bills.  Resources will be limited.

You can help make the turn-in in Indiana 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.

At least one commenter sees the event as an opportunity. From comments:

I’m waiting for something like this in my area. I still have an old .22 revolver that broke in the late 60’s (Saturday night special). In 1967, I paid about $17 for it. It’s kind of pretty but the frame was made of “pot metal”. I’m guessing that some of these do-gooders would pay the same price for it as an operable weapon. It would give me money to go out and buy a new gun. This would be a win-win. The anti-gun people would feel good and so would I.

While the articles about the event say the offer is for “guns”, in the video, the couple makes clear it is only for “assault weapons”.  Do not take an old revolver and expect to get $100 for it.  Many people bringing revolvers, hunting rifles, shotguns worth far more than $100 may be surprised to learn that their guns do not qualify. It could be an opportunity for private purchasers.

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.

Having private purchasers show up at these events is cheap activism for Second Amendment supporters. It shows that guns are valued assets for many people in the community.

Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events

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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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How bout Piss off….

Dale Barclay

An excellent way for a criminal to get rid of a firearm used in a crime. Anything turned in is not sent to the forensics lab for tests in many gun turn ins.


Please, someone, show a picture of a large capacity “Clip”. I never saw one in the military and thought we had the best equipment. They only gave us clips that held ten rounds. I’m pissed. I could have used one of these “High capacity clips” instead of pushing two or three ten round clips into my magazine. You know what I mean!!!! When you’re under fire it’s a pain in the ass to use clips to reload magazines. Do they also make ammo pouches that hold these “large capacity clips”? Seriously, I need to find these just in case “SHTF”.


I like the silly little “no permit required” token. No permit, but you still have to pass the Federal background check. Besides, “permit” means “granting permission”, and we don’t need nor will we ask fo permission to exercise our natural rights.


no NICS for private transfers in INdiana. Bloomie and his Mad Mamas have not yet got to them and bought them a UBC bill.

Not so in a few other states…. bit this would be legal in Indiana as far as I know.


If I lived there I would take in my old 30 rd mags and get $25 a piece for them. Take that money and buy some high end 30 rd mags for a fraction of the cost. You could buy more than you currently have and be ahead in their silly game.

To Cor

I would be interested in picking up complete bolt carrier groups which would not require a FFL transaction and would (likely) still allow the owner to turn in the firearm for the $100 bounty.


Clips, large capacity magazines? Who writes this stuff for the department?
I bet the criminal element will pay 4x their silly buyback rate. And the criminal will waive going through NICS or an FFL.


When they had these ‘events’ in the Hoosier states past most of firearms and accessories turned in were junk. There were some decent pieces obtained but most brought in through ‘legal confiscation’ was nothing spectacular. I doubt much there will be any opportunity for individuals to purchase firearms or accessories that have been turned in to authorities.


But you never know unless you attend. I picked-up a Grade-III Browning BPS 10-guage in 99% condition at one of these Dog & Pony shows for $300 cash. I kept it, used it, for turkey/goose hunting for several seasons and eventually sold it at auction for $650. It was a great deal for everyone involved. The original seller received 3-times what she (it was formerly her Ex’s shotgun) was going to get from the Police Dept.. The beautiful firearm got used the way it was intended to be used. And the eventual owner got a great shotgun, still in great… Read more »

Gas station sushi

I live about 30 miles away from where this is happening and my prediction is that attendance will be sparse.

DaChief 1

If you intend to attend this activity, be aware that to make a firearm purchase, you must be an Indiana resident, or a FFL dealer. Non-residents must have the transaction completed at a current FFL’s business for the proper paperwork to transfer the firearm to an out-of-state FFL dealer.


Not if it’s a rifle or shotgun.