New York State Gun Turn-in Event Nets 57 Guns

Image from New York Government Press Release about New Rochelle Event

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On September 16, 2021, the Government of New York State hosted a gun turn-in event in New Rochelle, New York. Monetary rewards were offered for guns turned in. These events are typically labeled with the Orwellian phrase “buyback”, but the government cannot “buy back” items it never owned. From lohud.com:

Guns can be turned in for money in New Rochelle Friday with no questions asked.

The state Attorney General’s Office, New Rochelle police and Westchester County District Attorney’s Office are teaming up on the gun buyback program, with assault rifles fetching $250, handguns $150, rifles and shotguns $75, and non-working and antique guns $25.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church, 71 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle.

Payment will be made in the form of prepaid debit cards. Each person who turns in an operable handgun or assault rifle will also receive a free iPad.

From the image, there appear to be 22 pistols (7 revolvers, 15 semi-autos), 26 ordinary long guns, including 2 collectible military bolt action rifles, and two HK91 or similar clones, perhaps made from kits. The picture may have been taken before the event was finished.

There have been numerous academic studies showing these events do not decrease crime or suicides. The most rigorous and largest study showed a slight increase in crime committed with guns in the two months after these events. From a previous article:

Moreover, during the first two months following the gun buyback, we find that a GBP is associated with an increase in incidents of firearm-related crime. The 7.7 percent increase in gun crime we detect in column (4) is relatively modest, suggesting at most, two additional gun crimes.24

The press release by Attorney General Leticia James’ office shows numerous false assumptions. From the New York Government press release:

 “Every gun that was brought in today will make our communities safer,” said Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah. “Allowing people to safely remove unwanted guns from their homes can help reduce many of the risks associated with having a firearm, including suicide, domestic violence, and unintentional deaths of children. It will also help prevent these guns from falling into the wrong hands and making our streets less safe. We thank New York Attorney General James, the County Executive, and the New Rochelle Police Department for partnering with us on this essential public safety initiative.”

Removing unwanted guns from people’s homes is not “taking guns off the street”. The only barriers requiring the state to “allow people to safely remove unwanted guns” are those imposed by the government. In most states, it is very safe and simple to advertise the gun for sale, sell it to a gun dealer; or take it to a gun show for sale.

The assumption “more guns equal more danger” has repeatedly been shown to be false. In many cases, more guns equal less danger.

The major purpose of these events appears to be propaganda. The message is:

Guns are bad. Turn them in to the police.

The next event appears to be scheduled for Rome, New York, with the same incentives. The event will be held on September 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The announcement of an upcoming gun turn-in for Rome emphasizes these events are “amnesty” events. From spectrumlocalnews.com:

Guns must be unloaded and placed in a plastic bag, paper bag, or box. This is an amnesty program, meaning no questions will be asked of anybody dropping off a gun.

While this is an amnesty program, licensed dealers and law enforcement officers are not eligible. As “no questions will be asked”, how are they to be excluded?

Licensed gun dealers and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible to participate in this program.

It is not surprising the numbers are low. Nearly any working long gun is worth more than $75 on the free market. Nearly any working handgun is worth more than $150. Only a few guns labeled as “assault rifles” will have a market value of less than $250.

The program takes advantage of people ignorant of guns and their value, by giving them less than what the guns are worth, in order to make government propaganda.

Some savvy gun owners will use the program to unload barely functional arms for cash.


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.

Dean Weingarten

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Tank
Tank
12 days ago

Reminds me of the surplus French Military Rifles sold.

Carried once, never fired, small amount of scratches & scuffs from being dropped once. ;-{]

Gun buybacks in the Free 2nd A USA is like an old Whore who turns her wore out fishnet leggings to the Salvation Army.

It’s a failed political stunt & ideology that never really tells any truth behind the divisive tactics.

Last edited 12 days ago by Tank
BrainMatters
BrainMatters
14 days ago

No doubt in my mind you are looking at 50+ stolen guns, that is like removing one snowflake from Antarctica. No ID or questions asked and they will never tell us how many were used in a crime. that would defeat the narrative.

Last edited 14 days ago by BrainMatters
RayJN
RayJN
13 days ago
Reply to  BrainMatters

They certainly are not going to do a ballistic test to see if was used in a crime. Doesn’t that make them an accessory? Why throw your murder weapon in the river when the government will not only dispose of it for you but pay you for it.

Son of Waylon
Son of Waylon
14 days ago

Hey you can buy a used hipoint for around $150

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
14 days ago

What a bunch of CROCK spewed by these LYING DemoKKKRAT communist who FEEL they know what is best for the FLOCK of SHEEPLE they MANIPULATE by FEAR and GUILE!!

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
14 days ago

They managed to buy 57 guns . In a city of millions of people . I can see what a successful buy back they had . It appears most New Yorkers are not selling thier firearms to tyrants for peanuts , only a select few idiots are being sold on thier drivel .

JimmyS
JimmyS
14 days ago

You should read the article more carefully. This event happened in New Rochelle, NY. It is a college town with a population of about 80,000. It didn’t happen in New York City.

lktraz
lktraz
13 days ago
Reply to  JimmyS

Based on the population and working with the figure of 57 total firearms………”assuming” that it was one turn in per person, this makes the turn in rate = 7/10 of 1% (.0007) per capita. WOW…..what a great number! LOL

Last edited 13 days ago by lktraz
Arny
Arny
12 days ago
Reply to  JimmyS

There is no restrictions on where someone lives is there ? No questions asked. If there isn’t, who’s to say some of the firearms were not brought from NY City, or even another state. It may be a stretch. But I would not be surprised.