Are gun buybacks legal?


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arjppj
December 8, 2008, 08:45 PM
I was just thinking about this with my wife. Lets say in Illinois, NY, or similar state, if a church or community group decides to have a gun buyback program, technically they are buying a gun from another individual. So shouldn't they have to go through a background check and provide an FOID or license just as another individual would have to? Is there any law that exempts them from having to go through the paperwork?

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Sinixstar
December 8, 2008, 08:49 PM
It's not a crime if you don't get prosecuted.

moooose102
December 8, 2008, 08:58 PM
i would think that if a church or other anti-gun organization gets involved in a gun buy back, they would make arangements with the police to turn over all guns collected. and if it has anything to do with the government destroying guns, i would think they need nothing. it is a shame though, that the balisics are not tested on each just to settle cold cases where a firearm was used. at least the cops would know what happened to the gun. even if they could not track it to someone. but, really with all of the sophisticated surveilance equipment the government has nowdays, why could they not video you turning the gun in, and follow up on an "anonomous lead" a few weeks later? of course, if it was actually ever found out that this was how they got the information, nobody would ever go to a gun buy back again! gee, that would be terrible.

mljdeckard
December 8, 2008, 08:58 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that A: There is no FEDERAL law requiring a background for one individual to sell to another individual, and B: LOCAL laws are enforced at the wish if the local authorities, and those who conduct such buybacks do so with the cooperation of local authorities, therefore obtaining authorization. (Meaning, they are either on-premises or have arranged to collect all guns obtained.)

If YOU wanted to do such a buyback, I doubt the local police would look the other way.

ambidextrous1
December 8, 2008, 09:12 PM
Aww, shucks! I was thinking of forming the "Church of the Front Sight" and performing firearm buy-backs a couple of times a year. Sure, I would turn in the Lorcins, etc to the police, but the Smiths, the Colts, the Mausers are a different matter.:D

Sinixstar
December 8, 2008, 09:14 PM
it is a shame though, that the balisics are not tested on each just to settle cold cases where a firearm was used.

I'm pretty sure in some cases they do.
I believe there was someone on here not long ago who had a friend who test fired guns from buy backs...

Sinixstar
December 8, 2008, 09:15 PM
Aww, shucks! I was thinking of forming the "Church of the Front Sight" and performing firearm buy-backs a couple of times a year. Sure, I would turn in the Lorcins, etc to the police, but the Smiths, the Colts, the Mausers are a different matter.


Why not get the NRA behind something like this?
Take evil guns off the streets, and put 'em in the hands of collectors and responsible people - where they belong.

MagnumDweeb
December 8, 2008, 09:19 PM
You beat me to it Ambi, buddy of mine is in seminary school and we've talked about it while working out.... well I've mentioned it with a great deal of enthusiasm. Twenty five bucks for busted but fixables, fifty for long guns and shotguns (most folks won't be turning in ARs and AKs), and a hundred for working handguns if their bluebook value is greater than a hundred dollars and only fifty if they are not. Melt the Lorcins down for making magazines.

The ones we don't cherry pick (like duplicates of Ruger 10/22s, old model smiths that are hard to find spare parts for and aren't collectibles) get cleaned up and used as a part of "Holy Church for American Civil Liberties" program for introductory shooting and instruction.

rfwobbly
December 8, 2008, 09:20 PM
Aww, shucks! I was thinking of forming the "Church of the Front Sight"....


Come worship at Our Lady of the Immaculate Shot Group !

:D

MAKster
December 9, 2008, 09:29 AM
The church is not buying the guns. They are surrendered to the police. At the turn in table there are police officers who take the guns.

RP88
December 9, 2008, 12:46 PM
yea, LE are the ones who touch the guns. The organization in charge of the buyback is basically giving you money to give your gun to the police.

leadcounsel
December 9, 2008, 12:52 PM
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Speedo66
December 9, 2008, 03:37 PM
The one in NYC only used the churches as a non threatening venue to do the buyback.

The NYPD range unit was there to actually take the guns, the money was a grant from Chase Bank.

akodo
December 9, 2008, 08:45 PM
the laws treat all people equal, but some are more equal than others.

Who gets charged with a crime is generally up to the District Attourney. Hence, what can get YOU in trouble may not get the D.A.'s son's roomate in trouble.

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