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SC:Conway, Horry County, Gun Turn in "buyback" to Destroy 70 Guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dean Weingarten, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Dean Weingarten

    Dean Weingarten Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    The South Carolina gun turn in brought in 70 firearms for $50 and $100 gift cards, $50 for shotguns and rifles, $100 for handguns.

    From the pictures in the online articles, it appears that most guns were .22 rifles and single shot shotguns that normally bring from $100 to $200 at gun shows or guns stores. At least one rifle was a Remington 552, which retails for over $500 new.

    The only picture of a handgun collected appeared to be a very inexpensive, old .22 revolver, less valuable than the $100 gift card offered. Handguns were reported to be about half of the total number of firearms turned in.

    Much of the reporting was laced with emotional advocacy for more restrictions on the private ownership of firearms, though academic studies indicate that these turn in events have no measurable effect on crime.

    Experts: Gun Buybacks Popular But Ineffective

    "Buyback" is a propaganda term that implies that all property belongs to the government, and that people are only allowed to own it for a while. It is untrue, as none of the guns bought in these events were owned by the government, so they cannot be "bought back".

    No private buyers were reported at this turn in event, so some nice guns such as the Remington were turned in for $50, and will now be destroyed.

    Some states are passing legislation to prevent the senseless destruction of these valuable resources.

    Local Report of Conway Gun Turn In

    Radio story of Conway Turn In

    Remington price at Buds Gun Shop $564, out of stock

    Link to article on Arizona Legislation

    Links to numerous articles that mention private buyers at these events

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  2. JVaughn

    JVaughn Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Northeast TN
    I still say we (THR) should host one of these. We could take turns paying the $50 and buying the guns.
  3. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Mentor

    Nov 30, 2008
    Frozen North
    THR has helped organize local counter buys
    guys out there with signs, I pay cash
    others saying 'Don't let the cops rip you off'
  4. TheSaint

    TheSaint Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    The People's Republik Of Kommiefornia
    Thankfully, the area I live in currently has a good sheriff that isn't promoting any of this nonsense. That being said, for those THR'ers that live in an anti-gun area, if one of these pops up, all local members in that area should try to show up with cash in hand to salvage the decent guns that are in working order. Heck, I'd love to see more pro-active gun buys by our community as hinted at above. If someone no longer wants their firearms, lets buy it off them and put it into the hands of someone who needs/wants it!
  5. rduchateau2954

    rduchateau2954 Active Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    Green Bay, WI
    Never had one here that I know of, but if it happens you can bet I'll empty my checking account and be there.
  6. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Mentor

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    Why should a widow who has inherited her hubbie's Winchester '97 pump action duck gun get a measely $50 when a cowboy action enthusiast would gladly pay her $400 or more?

    We should offer to pay fair prices for the guns (wherever whenever legally we can) and pay more than $50 to prevent useful or valuable guns from being destroyed in a useless anti-gun demonstration. It would get unwanted guns "off the streets" and adopted into homes where they would be properly appreciated and cared for.

    However, as the National Academy of Sciences pointed out, "...the guns that are typically surrendered in gun buy-backs are those that are least likely to be used in criminal activities. Typically, the guns turned in tend to be of two types: (1) old, malfunctioning guns whose resale value is less than the reward offered in buy-back programs or (2) guns owned by individuals who derive little value from the possession of the guns ..." There is no data showing these buybacks actually impact crime, and by diverting thousands of dollars from other policies that might actually impact crime, they may be a net loss.
  7. CSestp

    CSestp Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Tulsa, OK
    Most of the time the point of these buy backs are not to impact crime people. Its almost the same thought as cash for clunkers. Stop making something that is a non issue an issue.

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