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Anybody here ever 'camped out' at a gun buyback?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by GigaBuist, Sep 18, 2008.

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  1. GigaBuist

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    There's a gun buyback coming up in my area this weekend. I've always wanted to show up at one with a sign letting the old folks dropping off stuff that I'll give them an assessment of what it's actually worth.

    I just don't understand how you could let an elderly widow drop off something like an M1 Garand and send her packing with $50. That just seems so wrong to me.

    So, anybody here ever tried it? I'm not even really interested in buying anything as I don't have anything in the 'ole gun fund right now, just don't want to see anybody dump good money down the drain, especially the elderly.
     
  2. Rustynuts

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    I see the cops drumming up some bogus charge, fining you and making you leave!
     
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    As brilliant as it is, I wouldn't advertise what you are doing out there during the buyback. I recommend bringing a newspaper and maybe a cellphone with solitaire or something on it so you can seem very intent and busy between marks.

    I would also be very attentive to the laws concerning purchasing handguns in your area, especially concerning public property.

    If you can pull it off--great! :D
     
  4. nalioth

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    Wait, what?
     
  5. WhisperFan

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    There is a local gun shop whose owner did just that at a local buy-back.

    He was on public property and the cops found nothing illegal about what he was doing. He was only looking for the widow with a Luger, or a carbine, or a Garand.

    So - he was not forced to leave, he was not charged, he was not 'arrested' for anything.
     
  6. WhisperFan

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    There is a local gun shop whose owner did just that at a local buy-back.

    He was on public property and the cops found nothing illegal about what he was doing. He was only looking for the widow with a Luger, or a carbine, or a Garand (or a similar high-value firearm)

    So - he was not forced to leave, he was not charged, he was not 'arrested' for anything.

    Then again ... I heard that this same dealer bought 40 or 50 cheap pocket pistols (Ravens, or Locins) for a buy-back. He paid something like 59.00 each for them. Brought them new, in the box, to the buy-back and got 100.00 each for them. At the time the retail was just 89.00 for each one. The cops found no regulation that they couldn't honor their offer, so they did. He made 40.00 profit on each one he bought.
     
  7. GarandOwner

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    Dont have to make it up "Loitering"
     
  8. bogie

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    You better make sure you have an FFL. And a business license. And you better be prepared to prove that you are not buying stolen property. Probably a permit for sidewalk vending and a parade/demonstration permit would also be covering...

    Personally, I'd hand out cards that say "Your Gun Might Be Worth Hundreds! Free appraisal by Federally Licensed Firearms Expert at Joe's Sporting Goods - (555) 555-1212"
     
  9. GigaBuist

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    Wasn't looking to buy anything... just to offer advice.
     
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    Where is this at?
     
  11. GigaBuist

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    It's in Kalamazoo.
     
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    I like the "handing out cards" idea! Surely that can't be illegal. And wouldn't a valid C&R license cover the purchase of vintage arms from private individuals? Not that FTF transactions are illegal anyway (in most places).
     
  13. Nate C.

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    They don't do 'gun buybacks' in my part of the world. Yet.

    Check back with me after the national election, though...
     
  14. halfbreed808

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    Good luck on your educational awareness for seniors trip.:D
     
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    Unfortunately, your plan will do nothing for those blissninnies out there who would rather have the gun melted down into scrap than see anybody else ever have it. There's lots of them out there, some guy in California I think makes furniture and stuff out of guns people want destroyed symbolically.
     
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    ^^^wow, someone should donate guns to me :) i'll put them to good use and love them and feed them nice ammo and everything, not trash them like that. many guns are works of art as they are, they're scrap metal after he gets done.
     
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    :cuss:

    Some people are just inhuman.
     
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    I think you'd run into less risk of trouble if you had a "no buy" policy, and only told them the value, and maybe let them know how to sell legally to get the real value... and of course more importantly to prevent the police from destroying or taking them, paid for by the taxpayers, for themselves.
    If done right, and legally, I think it is a great idea.
     
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    I agree. Reading something like that makes me want to vomit. Seriously, I read that quote and felt sick to my stomach.
     
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    Might be a better idea to organize your own "gun buyback" and bring home a truck load of guns at 1/4 or less of their value.
     
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    It's not inhuman, it's just blatantly stupid. Unfortunately MOST of the human race is blatantly stupid. :rolleyes:
     
  23. Creade

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    I would go the business card route.
    Its likely you'll end up with loitering charges, or atleast threatened with them if your just hanging around.

    As for convincing people to take the guns elewhere to sell for more money.
    Americans as a general rule are lazy. They are already there, and have the gun with them, why make another trip to make another $500 (sarcasm).
    Also, some people just dont feel comfortable selling guns to anyone but law enforcement.


    Recently a woman showed up at our local PD with a wooden crate.
    What was inside you ask? An original Thomson Machine Gun, wrapped in grease paper, with spare drums. She didnt want anything for it, she just wanted it out of her closet now that her husband had passed.

    Luckily, one of our officers took it upon himself to make sure this gun was never destroyed, and received the ok from the ATF to keep it in the dept, but obviously never carry on duty.
     
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    I looked at the peace symbol in Thernlund's first link and noticed something. I am no expert on AKs by any means, but the bottom three legs of the symbol don't look like AKs to me. They have short front sights, the rear sights are of the elevator variety and mounted directly to the barrel, and there is no gas tube. My guess is they are of the Mauser variety, but without a close up it's hard to tell that. Can anyone verify that they are NOT AKs? I'd love to post a comment on the picture, and call the liberal anti exactly what he/she is, a liar. But I want to know, without a doubt, that I'm right.

    Wyman
     
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    edited. I didn't have anything to add to the OP's questions.
     
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