The Gun Buyback Loophoole

Oregon: Gun turn-in pits Ceasefire against collectors with cash

Only 43 people turned in unwanted guns Saturday at Ceasefire Oregon’s latest community collection event, in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum parking lot.

Compared to 152 last year. And competition probably had something to do with it:

[Gun collectors] lined up at the parking lot’s two entrances, hoping to convince people driving in to sell them their guns rather than hand them over to police for destruction. Each gun turned in to police earned a $50 Fred Meyer gift certificate.

The gun collectors waved signs at cars approaching the lot, reading: “I buy guns, $50-$200 cash.”

By the end of the day, the collectors said they had managed to buy 10 to 15 guns that otherwise would have been turned in and destroyed.

Some guy turned in a practically-new Glock, still in its original box for a $50 grocery store card. Clear thinking on his part.

But I imagine some guys got some good deals, and the sellers got a better deal than the authorities were going to give them. And it didn’t cost taxpayers one single penny.

Liz Julee, a Ceasefire Oregon Educational Foundation board member, looked at the men and women at the parking lot entrances and refused to accept that they were there only to add to their gun collections.

“I think it’s political,” Julee said. “I think it’s unfortunate that they feel they need to have an oppositional presence.”

I doubt too many people really care what you think is unfortunate, Liz. Really. After all, it’s not like Ceasefire Oregon is un-political. You don’t like it? Get the laws changed so people can’t sell their private property to other people.


2 thoughts on “The Gun Buyback Loophoole”

  1. Great! It’s about time. For years I’ve seen televised reports of gun buybacks from local Police where the TV reporters pan their camera across tables of “recovered” guns, practically bringing tears to this collector’s eyes, because there are so many clearly historical pieces set on their sad way to the furnace.

    Granted, a lot of the turn-ins may be junk, or have little collectible value, but I’ve seen early 20th century Colts and Mausers, Nambus and Lugers, thrown in a pile as if they were just so much scrap.

    I have never understood why the police don’t at least snatch these up and sell them to collectors themselves – revenue for the department. It’s just plain stupid.

    As for Liz, what would she say to police corralling in old stamps or coins and sending them to the furnace? I suspect that would seem insane to her, since most folks recognize the monetary value of those collectible items.

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