Phoenix Gun-Buyback Funds Run Dry, but People Still Turn in 72 More Guns

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After the funds ran out for the city of Phoenix's gun-buyback program this weekend, an additional 72 guns were turned in to police.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos says a total of 979 guns were exchanged for grocery-store gift cards between the two weekends of the gun-buyback program, which was funded by a $100,000 donation.

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The event was initially scheduled to go on for three weekends this month, but that changed after the event -- which was funded to exchange gift cards for fewer than 1,000 guns -- took in 803 guns in the first weekend alone.

This weekend, Phoenix police cut it down to one location, a church near 39th Avenue and Thomas Road, and exchanged the remaining 100 or so gift cards for guns turned in by citizens.

However, the event continued for a bit, even though the funds ran dry.

Although there reportedly was a gun buyer set up across the street from the event, likely offering more cash in a good amount of cases, people still turned in 72 guns to police, in exchange for nothing.

Now, it's not clear whether such a buyback will ever be held again. Not only would the city need more funding before starting it off again, but there's also a new law -- which specifically bans agencies from "facilitat[ing] the destruction of a firearm," and instead forces them to turn around and sell the guns to dealers -- that goes into effect in a few months. Potential loopholes in the law to allow gun-buybacks to go forward have been pointed out, but it remains to be seen if anyone will attempt to utilize these loopholes.

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Just the act of carrying a gun for show, with the idea that it's presence is going to deter a violent encounter could actually work against you. If you're going to buy, and carry a gun for protection also buy yourself some professional training to go along with it. Weapon retention is one of the most important aspects in carrying a gun for protection.  If your holster or carry method, grip, drawing and presenting your firearm for protection is weak you may have a greater liability in carrying a firearm to begin with.


Another waste of taxpayer money for a feelgood program.  The DOJ's own analysis clearly states that these programs are not effective.

Greg Ridgeway, Ph.D. Deputy Director National Institute of Justice in a white paper, Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies. prepared for the Department of Justice and published on January 4, 2013 concluded the following:

Evidence: Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.

Since I am not a taxpayer or resident of Phoenix, I really do not care how your City Persons spend/waste your money.

This program is like peeing yourself in a dark suit.  It's warm but nobody notices.


I wonder what might've been the reaction from that LOONIE from the NRA when He heard about the Buy/Back gun.......probably He was foaming from the mouth and shitting all over while saying: "How could these people give up the very thing that protects Them against the whole world, and at the same time They are giving up Their right to bear arms", since is well known that this is the kind of crap that He spews all the time.

I hope more funds are made available so they can continue doing this before "Gin" Brewsky's signed Law goes in effect.


Proof that guns won't keep your food, but food will keep your guns.  The elitists make the poor poorer and offer them food for their self defense weapons-  Thanks criminal Bloomberg for the $100,000 donation I hope you die a slow death.


@IdontRecall Well since these guns are probably stolen, nonfunctional, and/or in the hands of irrational people with a fear of inanimate objects its good they are turned in.  Hundreds of thousands were sold to replace these few so don't worry your little liberal heart.

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@IdontRecall  Most, if not all NRA members fully understand that many people have an irrational fear of guns.   As a general rule, it's probably for the best that they get rid of them, since they're almost certainly unwilling to learn to handle them safely, and probably don't store them safely.

The only mystery to some is why they would choose to settle for $100 and have them destroyed rather than sell them for what they're actually worth, and that's actually explained by the fact that, since they don't think about guns rationally, they get the silly idea that destroying the gun is somehow making the world more safe than if it were to be sold to somebody who had passed a background check and who either knew how to handle it or would be willing to learn.

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@YAWN  While I don't think these "buy backs" are a useful approach to the problem of gun violence, I've got to point out that your post makes no sense at all in this context.   The article is about the fact that people continued to turn in firearms even when they were no longer being reimbursed in any way.

That $100,000 could probably have saved more lives if it had gone toward firearm safety classes, lock boxes, and/or crisis intervention support.


@valleynative "than if it were to be sold to somebody who had passed a background check" Your assumption that a background check would occur is misplaced.

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