Opportunity at Gun “Buyback” in Toledo, Ohio

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– On Saturday, September 10, 2022, the city of Toledo, Ohio, will be holding a gun “buyback” event. The Orwellian term “buyback” is used even though the guns being turned in were never owned by the government. The event is scheduled for four hours and will give out BP gasoline cards in various denominations in exchange for guns. From wtol.com:

The city of Toledo is holding a gun buyback event on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Frederick Douglass Center in central Toledo.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will accept any gun in exchange for gas gift cards, ‘no questions asked.’ No ID is required to surrender a weapon.

On the Toledo government website, there are a few specifics about the event: From toledo.oh.gov:

Location: Frederick Douglass Center, 1001 Indiana Ave.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Receive a gas gift card for every firearm turned in, no questions asked. Gift card quantities are limited and subject to availability. Functioning and nonfunctioning firearms will be accepted at the event.

All firearms must be unloaded.

$100 Handguns

$200 Shotguns and rifles

$250 Automatic

$0    Ammunition

At 13abc.com, the announcement mentioned “residency.” There is no indication how the residency would be determined, as this is a “no questions asked” turn-in event. From 13abc.com:

According to the City, the firearms can be either functioning or nonfunctioning but they must be unloaded when turned in to law enforcement. There are also no limits on the number of firearms that a resident can drop off.

The city website does not say anything about a residency requirement.  It is likely an error of an editor at 13abc.

What the police may do is not clear.

Ohio is a Constitutional carry/permitless carry state. The law went into effect on June 22, 2022, less than two months ago. A conversation with Toledo police Sergeant Mack revealed the police intend to prevent people from “loitering” in the parking lot of Frederic Douglas Center. People who have a firearm or firearms to turn in will be able to enter in a vehicle or on foot.

A police officer will inspect the firearm(s) and accompany the person inside the center, where they will receive the appropriate gift cards.

The incentives for rifles/shotguns are generous. Many rifles and shotguns can be purchased new for less than $200.  Ammoland recently had a daily deal for pump shotguns at $124.99.

The offer almost seems created for slamfire shotguns which can be made for about $15-$30 worth of materials, at home, in an hour or two. There are many places on the Internet which show how to make these simple and effective shotguns, which have been used all over the world, even during warfare in WWII in the Philippines.

How much money will be available for gift cards is uncertain.  The number listed for information revealed a pleasant woman who said they did not have any more information. She directed me to the police and the Prosecutor’s office.

The police were helpful with details about the operation, but did not know anything about funding.

A call back from the prosecutor’s office said they did not know how much money would be available, but it would be from forfeiture money, not from tax dollars. They estimated the amount would be between a thousand dollars and one hundred thousand dollars, maybe in the twenty five thousand dollar area.

If anyone expects to get actual gift cards, they should show up early. Events such as these often run out of gift cards.

There has not been a similar event in Toledo, Ohio, for a while. There are likely to be quite a few old hunting guns, owned by widows or grandchildren who inherited them, and who would like to trade them for gift cards. It is possible some will be worth much more than $200, and many old and broken singleshot shotguns, will be worth less.

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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Bill B

This would be a great way for a criminal to get rid of a gun tied to a crime because you know the cops aren’t going to ballistically test every gun they will just be melted down. They won’t ask these criminals any questions but want to know what you had for breakfast if you get pulled over and have a gun. I don’t hate cops but they are the means that corrupt politicians use to TRY TO DISARM US. Protecting and serving my foot! Cops are no friend of gun owners.


Im sure it has been done,, get money to buy a new gun to use in a crime…think about the stupidity ..criminal trades gun for 200$ gift card tells people they are all out trades gift card to someone in line for a new (to him) gun

Last edited 1 month ago by swmft

we need a way to tally votes for questions, I was thinking it would be nice to know how many here think crime guns have been traded in to buy new ones using “buy backs”

Capn Dad

“I’m just doing my job” or “I’m just following orders” didn’t work for the Nazis at Nuremburg did it? Those lame excuses are how cops justify violating the US Constitution and breaking their oaths. Cops have plenty of latitude to ignore unconstitutional orders however their paychecks and pensions are far far more important to them than their country is.

Last edited 1 month ago by Capn Dad

Just wonderful! Sarcasm off. Just like in Red China…The Communists were so friendly and helpful. The y told the people …”You don’t need guns. We’ll protect you and take care of you.” History tells a different story with an unhappy ending for millions of people!


All I can say is, we are losing our rights and our guns 1 rule, 1 law, 1 gun at a time, and the government is gaining more and more power going unopposed, and unchallenged. while ignoring the Constitution and the Supreme court, and there is nobody standing up to them such as a militia or even “We The People”. where are all these people that preach and promote Shall Not Be Infringed. I don’t mean to troll, or even insult anybody, but I am tired of these people talking out their backsides, when this is a serious situation, and… Read more »


At least ONE MILLION firearms are sold EACH MONTH and this has continued for YEARS. Disposing of small numbers of broken, obsolete or unwanted firearms is OK. Individuals or companies acting as competing buyers should NOT be banned or put at a disadvantage at such events held on public property. This is simply unamerican. The other concern would be if police are being groomed to confiscate weapons without any crime.


Did the city of Toledo sell them in the first place.I think not

Gun by backs make the anti gun people feel good they serve no real purpose most firearms turned in are not up to date weapons

Let me know how many AR 15 are bought in or 5000 dollar upland shotguns even a detectives special from the 1930s are worth upwards depending on the model of 500 plus dollars.

Folks stop at the public library open a resale book on guns then make a informed sale.


At the latest gun buy back in Houston. Someone got $3000 for several 3D printed guns that didn’t work. Houston officials are now changing the parameters for the guns they take back.


Buybacks in TEXAS? That can’t be happening because, TEXAS, like a whole other country! No “gun free” zones, no massacres, no invasion, no gang murders, no drug trafficking, no child sex change operations, no property tax! Greg Abbott & his sidekick Dade Phelan fixed all that! Greg’s enforcing his “deals” with Mexican governors and it’s totally working!

Dry gulched

You really need to have that crack in your skull looked at. All your intelligence is leaking out.


Looks like you Dry Gulped ABBOTT again, big boy.

Wild Bill

What a terrific way to get tax money back!


be the first one in line wipe out their budget
with junk

Last edited 1 month ago by swmft
Wild Bill

That’s ok, I have stood in enough lines, and I don’t have anything to wipe out their budget with.


you would have to have a 3d printer , i have both a 3d printer and a cnc….made a scary ghost gun last night just to say fuck atf if i could get a letter from patent holder I would make a one of frt


if you can believe they held my reply , same old same old you need a 3dprinter add to your fun sell all your mistakes to buy back get more material to print


Dean, a ‘Republican’ Mayor is holding one in Miami as well.

Edit for typo

Last edited 1 month ago by Hazcat

miami has a rino ,anti gun pos, the beach too