So the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office held a gun “buyback” just three weeks after the county commission voted not to have one. Over 2,500 firearms were turned in, at a cost to taxpayers of $190,000. Most of the guns confiscated were junk guns:

Then there was the ingenious gun made from a flute. This makes me wonder if it really worked. If so, this is proof that gun bans can’t work unless ownership of common items like flutes becomes constructive possession:

Then there is the obligatory “rocket launcher” that seems to turn up at every buyback nowadays. Where are these coming from? Are the cops doing this for publicity value, or are enterprising people making money off of worthless green tubes? Either way, with the number of these things turning up, you would think there were rocket attacks happening every week in American cities.

With all of that, some of the people who redeemed guns for free hockey tickets attempted to go to a sold out game at the last minute and exchange the vouchers, but were told they were out of luck. The tickets themselves recommended that they be exchanged for tickets 48 hours before the game. They also said “subject to availability, while supplies last.”

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SiGraybeard · March 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

From the article: Unwanted ammunition will be accepted but cannot be exchanged for cash. I think exchanging unwanted ammo for cash is exceptionally easy these days, unless the sellers are reluctant to go to a flea market or a show.

Until – or if – any one of the several bills in the US house or senate that outlaws ammo sales goes through.

Dan · March 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

The "Rocket launcher" sure looks to me like a LAW — which can't be reloaded. The only value of getting that thing off the street is propaganda

TOTWTYTR · March 10, 2013 at 5:05 am

Besides being PR shams, buy backs are wrong because they cheat people out of the value of their guns.

On many occasions valuable guns are turned in for chump change because the owner doesn't know the real value.

I hate to think of the number of widows and children of collectors and WWII vets who didn't know that their husband or dad had guns worth thousands of dollars. So, they turned them in for gift cards or something of similar value.

Either the guns were destroyed or some unscrupulous public employee diverted them for their collection.

What a shame.

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