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  •  not much since the target weapons are going (4+ / 0-)

    for $400-$4000 at the last auction I watched.  I would think most of the buy back programs really result in antique firearms being turned in.

    For example, prior to 1900, many weapons were made with Damascus twist barrels, which, while safe for black powder, were not strong enough for modern gunpowder. Hence firing them is not recommended (and is also a problem for people buying weapons of this vintage)
    So even a gun which appears operable, still may not be safe to fire.  

    •  It'd have to be a mandatory buyback, with stiff (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, blueoasis

      criminal penalties for possession after the buyback.

      BTW, I live in SF now but grew up in Camden in the 50's.

      RTKRC - Right to keep and raise children. Trumps RTKBA - Right to keep & bear arms.

      by hideinplainsight on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:25:04 AM PST

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    •  safe to fire? (0+ / 0-)

      define that then

    •  That's what the photo looks like: (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, subtropolis
      I would think most of the buy back programs really result in antique firearms being turned in.
      Maybe gun buybacks need to be more specific: extended magazines, HP rounds, weapons without serial numbers, etc.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:23:17 AM PST

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      •  I see one M1 Carbine (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think that truly qualifies as an assault weapon but you can get a big magazine for one and something there with a barrel shroud.

        Most look like old single shots and stuff that you might be able to buy for 75 to 100 bucks, turn in and make some money.

        If the M1 is operational and they were only paying $250 for something like that then they messed up since they go around 5 to 600 if they are truly a WW2 M1 collectors item.

        •  I have recently seen up to $2000 depending (0+ / 0-)

          on the model and manufacturer with $400 being the basement.  I have a 1943 officer's carbine manufactured by General Motors which I purchased for $50 years ago when a guy discovered a bunch of Army surplus in a warehouse he bought in Seoul.

    •  Not only were many of the weapons ... (0+ / 0-)

      probably antiques, I'll bet many more were rusted or otherwise unuseable.  And I'll further bet that most of the money paid out was used (or will be used, given that it's Christmas time) to buy NEW weapons, for themselves or others.

      Plus, I'm assuming it's extremely hard to sell a personal gun, so the only way to get money for an unwanted one is to take advantage of a buyback program.

      It'd be interesting to see the results of a study on the subject because the net effect will probably prove to be negligible.  

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 12:20:14 PM PST

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      •  but it is great PR and great photo op (0+ / 0-)

        and as PT Barnum should have said, sometimes it is all about the show and the rest of the time, it is all about the show.

        •  And the value of false PR is ... ? (0+ / 0-)

          Macbeth:

          "Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 11:27:01 PM PST

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          •  short term benefits to a PC? (0+ / 0-)

            It gets him attention and maybe a better job offer; after all, preachers and police chiefs rely on their public images to get job offers

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