U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- There will be a gun turn-in event on Saturday, May, 15th 2021 in Canton, Ohio. While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.
The initiative includes:
- Community Gun Buyback from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the Canton Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N. It features $100 gift cards; no questions asked; no ID requirements.
The gift cards are said to be for Walmart. There are few working firearms that are worth less than $100. The group hopes to collect 200, which would indicate about $20,000 available. The structure of the event has been designed to make private purchases of the guns being brought in difficult.
“This was CPD’s idea,” Stone said, “And I said, ‘Hey, how can we help?”
If you participate, here’s what to expect:
- All guns must be operable for the gift cards.
- All guns must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of the vehicle.
- Stay in your vehicle. Don’t get out.
- All guns will be removed by a volunteer who will exchange the firearm for a gift card.
I was at a similar event in Phoenix, Arizona. It turned into a rolling gun show.
The gift cards tend to run out quickly. People who bring guns to the event after the gift cards run out are usually willing to deal with a cash offer. This correspondent obtained some very nice, if inexpensive guns when this occurred in Phoenix.
Some Police are hostile to private buyers, others are indifferent or positive. Do some research before setting up a table and holding up a sign saying with “Cash for Guns” sign.
Police are not always knowledgeable about gun laws, so it is good to have a copy of the statutes to show them. It is necessary to know where you can legally park, walk, or stand to set up to examine guns and make offers.
Private sales are legal in Ohio.
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.
Open carry is legal in Ohio. No permit is necessary.
The author and AmmoLand do not offer legal advice. Research laws yourself, so you know what your rights are. Much can be learned from the experience of others. There have been several turn-in (buyback) events in Ohio over the years.
Here is a link to a previous article about a gun turn-in event in Cleveland and how private purchasers handled the situation there.
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 retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.