U.S.A. -There will be a gun “turn in event” on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. These events are commonly labeled with the Orwellian term “buyback”. The guns were never owned by people attempting to obtain them, so they cannot be bought back. This is a propaganda event to make it appear as if guns are illicit items.
Guns have enormous utility and are sought-after possessions. The people who turn in guns at these events either do not know the value of their guns, want to make a political statement, or turn in guns that have a value less than the money offered by the gun turn-in organizers. From WYFF:
The city of Spartanburg in South Carolina is offering gift cards in exchange for working guns.
The gun buyback will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at City Hall on West Broad Street.
Participants will receive $100 in gift cards for handguns, and $150 in gift cards for high-powered weapons.
The address for the Spartanburg City Hall parking lot is 145 W Broad Street. When Second Amendment supporters attend these events to purchase undervalued firearms from those who do not know their value, the propaganda effect of the event is diminished or destroyed. Instead of the message “Guns are bad, turn them in to the police,” the message becomes “Guns are valuable, we pay cash.”
This correspondent has been to a number of similar events. One in Phoenix, Arizona, turned into a rolling gun show.
Gift cards tend to run out quickly. It is best to show up early. People who bring guns to the event after the gift cards run out are usually willing to deal. This correspondent obtained some nice, if inexpensive, guns at the Phoenix event.
Some Police are hostile to private buyers; others are indifferent or positive. It is a good idea to do some research before setting up a table and holding up a sign saying “Cash for Guns” sign.
Private sales are legal in South Carolina.
Second Amendment supporters 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. If several private parties are available, they can support each other and help to prevent false accusations.
This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps prevent 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.
Proponents of gun turn-in events know they are not really useful for preventing crime. Academics agree the events do not accomplish much except as propaganda. The best academic study indicates they are likely counterproductive. Very few gun turn-in events occur where private sales are legal. Most events now happen where private sales are banned, such as in California, New York, Massachusetts or New Jersey.
Those who plot for a disarmed public have learned to limit the advertisement of their events to reduce participation by Second Amendment supporters. They give only a few day’s notice. Second Amendment supporters who attend should take pictures and be ready to video or audio record events. Some very interesting information has been obtained in this way.
It is particularly useful to see what guns are being turned in to be destroyed. Many valuable guns have been turned in at these events, some worth thousands of dollars.
The event at Spartanburg is to take place at City Hall. Event organizers will likely attempt to prevent photographs of what is going on. Police are likely to attempt to prevent Second Amendment supporters from offering cash for valuable guns. On the public right of way, this is almost certainly a violation of First Amendment rights.
If a reader decides to be a citizen reporter and attend this event, please contact Dean Weingarten via AmmoLand after you have attended with an after-action report. Pictures are always useful. Several events have been noted where private purchasers were present but were ignored by the biased media.
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.
I love this idea. It is time that FFL’s start showing up to events like this where person to person transfers are illegal without it being done by an FFL like they made it here in Oregoneistan. If I had a FFL, I would buy the gun for the person, as many as they want, wait till the end of the day to do the transfer on the 20 guns that they bought and charge one transfer fee. If they don’t qualify, I have some nice guns to sell. I am sure the person buying the gun for such a… Read more »