Recently my local Sheriff's Department held a gun "buy back" program.
First of all, why is it called a "Buy Back" program? Unless the weapons were sold by the Sheriff's Department in the first place, they cannot be buying them back.
What a waste of taxpayer money.
How many man hours were involved in carrying out this fiasco?
More to the point, how many criminals were lined up to turn in the tool that they use to ply their trade? I would guess none.
These programs are nothing more than a feel good exercise.
The idiots that are turning in their children's and grand-children's inheritance for a fraction of the value feel good because they are under the mistaken belief that they are making their homes safer.
The general populace feels good because they are under the mistaken belief criminals are turning in their guns.
Finally, the criminals feel good (And they are the only ones with any semblance of a real reason to.) because they know that there are fewer of their future victims that will have the ability to do anything to harm them. A few of which appeared on camera, proudly proclaiming their newly vulnerable status.
I was thinking about advertising before the next such program that I would pay twice as much for suitable firearms a day or two ahead of the event. I would state that I have a valid concealed carry permit in the State of Florida, thereby asserting my status as a law abiding citizen, and the fact that I have a large fireproof gun safe in which to keep said arms.
I have my doubts as to weather or not any of the type of people who would go to such an event would even consider a private sale, no matter what the assurances that the firearm will not be used in an illegal manner.
I am also not sure where I would stand legally. I would be purchasing them for my own private use, so I don't see where I could get into trouble, but I'm sure that someone would try to stop me.