Gun lock buy back


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shotgunjoel
November 19, 2010, 01:51 PM
I just got a side idea. Lets take all of our gun locks that came with guns we've bought to Dick's, Gander Mtn, Academy, whatever. Then, they get sorted by gun company and sent back to be reused and save those companies money to keep prices down. We could have the companies cover the shipping, shoot they are getting them otherwise free after all. Just make a big thing out of it and we could get about a million locks together. Since we are taking all of them to a collection point in our area, and then sorting them there, we are saving on shipping compared to doing it from home. I realize that it wouldn't be as successful as I might think, but it would help. What are your thoughts?

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CoRoMo
November 19, 2010, 02:25 PM
Not bad. Especially since most all gun locks are completely new and unused.

However, I think to truly make it worth the gun company's while, the cost of sorting and shipping would have to go to someone else. If they footed that bill, it wouldn't be worth it to them.

M-Cameron
November 19, 2010, 03:04 PM
you do realize that gun locks cost a company next to nothing dont you......

the cost to them in the long run is nearly negligible.

it honestly wouldnt surprise me if they cost the gun company <$1 per lock.

waterhouse
November 19, 2010, 03:06 PM
I haven't seen it in a while, but several years ago the police stations would put out ads that they were collecting unused ones and then give them out for free to people that needed/wanted them.

Short of that, you may see if your local dealer wants them. It is pretty rare these days, but some hand guns still show up without locks and they need one to leave the store. I have sort of a "take a penny" box for locks, one goes out with every gun and then people will bring back 6 or 7 when they collect their unused ones.

The locks aren't worth enough to pay for shipping, but if you keep them local they are of some use.

Six
November 19, 2010, 03:38 PM
Or just give them away in the for sale/trade forum, I'd be happy to take some off your hands.

For those of us with kids, running a lock through guns in the safe is one more layer of protection.

ABTOMAT
November 19, 2010, 03:40 PM
The local PD gives out news ones for free. Good thing, since in this state they're required by law.

W.E.G.
November 19, 2010, 04:03 PM
For those of us with kids, running a lock through guns in the safe is one more layer of protection.

Your kid has the ability and inclination to get guns out of your gun safe, and you think THIS will stop him???

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/trivia/gunlock.jpg

CHEVELLE427
November 19, 2010, 04:09 PM
all my gun locks get used (except the trigger locks) , just not on guns

alohachris
November 19, 2010, 04:51 PM
I keep my kids rifle locked with a gun lock in a padded soft case. I took him to the range one day and forgot the key.

I went out to the counter and asked if they had a pair of bolt cutters, and the guy says "Don't cut it, hang on a second". He disappeared for a second and returned with a milk crate full of gun locks with keys. He said "They all come form the same Chinese factory, one of these keys is bound to open it."

Sure enough, the third key we tried (from an HK lock) opened it right up (Ruger lock).

CHEVELLE427
November 19, 2010, 04:56 PM
found out RUGER locks don't do well in the weather, after a little time they rust locked

merlinfire
November 19, 2010, 05:03 PM
Sure enough, the third key we tried (from an HK lock) opened it right up (Ruger lock).

That's classic.

ABTOMAT
November 19, 2010, 06:35 PM
Sure enough, the third key we tried (from an HK lock) opened it right up (Ruger lock).

First time HK's done something right for a customer.

jakk280rem
November 19, 2010, 08:33 PM
First time HK's done something right for a civilian customer.

fixed.

Pate
November 19, 2010, 10:26 PM
I'm in the lock business and Master Lock won't even take a return. They claim it costs more to take the product back and restock it then it costs to produce. They just have us scrap any returns.

shotgunjoel
November 20, 2010, 12:01 AM
Interesting, I wasn't thinking of them being so cheap. The local use ideas sounds good. Keep that in mind when you have a few extras.

stuckinsocal
November 20, 2010, 02:22 AM
Those cable locks make good motorcycle helmet locks....not good for much else.

coloradokevin
November 20, 2010, 03:20 AM
Not to sound ignorant, since I probably ought to know this, but did this become an issue of federal law at some point, or simply an instance of the gun industry looking to avoid liability suits? Until I saw this thread I didn't even consider the fact that the last 5 guns I purchased all came with these cheap locks included in the package.

FROGO207
November 20, 2010, 06:34 AM
Be assured that the lock in the box of that newly purchased firearm just raised the price of it to you the customer. Wether it is to legislate out stupidity or reduce liability it is another a sad commentary on things that, as a society, we no longer bother to teach our children in the good ole USA.:scrutiny: That said IMHO most of these gunlocks are not used where they are most needed.

Onmilo
November 20, 2010, 09:06 AM
The gun shop I was working for had a big cardboard box by the exit doors.
Illinois requires all guns to have a cable or trigger lock included at time of sale.
After taking possession of the gun, most of the customers would drop the cable/triggerlocks into the cardboard box on the way out.

Don't know how many times some of those locks had been recycled but the owner hadn't bought any replacement locks in years,,,:D

berettaprofessor
November 20, 2010, 09:50 AM
For all the used guns I purchase through my local FFL that don't have locks, the FFL provides a plastic/steel tigger lock; I got in the habit of saving them up in the truck till I get three or four, then donating them back to them.

racine
November 20, 2010, 12:25 PM
I prefer trigger locks to those cheaply made gun locks that you could probably take wire cutters to. I think all of those are cheaply made in china.

robertbartsc
November 20, 2010, 04:22 PM
I have not bought a gun in some time. Do new guns have to be sold with locks? Is this long guns too?

This is a dumb law.

Kingcreek
November 20, 2010, 04:27 PM
I use a few of those cable locks on farm gates. Had one rust or fail shut and couldn't open it so I shot it off with a .40- just seemed like the right thing to do. I for one appreciate the freebie with my gun purchase.:neener:

smallbore
November 20, 2010, 04:37 PM
Free blackjack w/every purchase :)

thunder173
November 20, 2010, 06:00 PM
What Smallbore said........

They should also provide a free gym sock..........

killchain
November 20, 2010, 07:58 PM
I haven't seen it in a while, but several years ago the police stations would put out ads that they were collecting unused ones and then give them out for free to people that needed/wanted them.

Short of that, you may see if your local dealer wants them. It is pretty rare these days, but some hand guns still show up without locks and they need one to leave the store. I have sort of a "take a penny" box for locks, one goes out with every gun and then people will bring back 6 or 7 when they collect their unused ones.

The locks aren't worth enough to pay for shipping, but if you keep them local they are of some use.
My private range has a box of them, with a big "FREE" sign.

Only time I've seen anyone take some was my buddy who has foster kids. He's required to lock up his guns.

killchain
November 20, 2010, 08:00 PM
I prefer trigger locks to those cheaply made gun locks that you could probably take wire cutters to. I think all of those are cheaply made in china.
You go realize that some of those gun locks can still be pulled and activate the trigger, right? Most of them are just a rubber coated piece of metal that will still pull the trigger.

I, for one, am not an advocate of trigger locks or any gun locks. The guns you keep loaded, keep away from people who will use them stupidly. :)

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