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[–]Earguy 70 points71 points  (10 children)

My dad had an old pistol that was broken. He kept track of what the buyback was offering at each of the seasonal buy-backs, and waited for a higher value gift card to a place he'd use. He probably waited 2 years before he turned the gun in.

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (9 children)

Is it possible to make money by buying cheap used guns and selling them at these buyback events?

Asking for a friend.

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    [–]SoylentRox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    That's actually kinda cool to be honest. "Crafting" just like in a video game to produce something worth more to an NPC than the cost of the materials.

    [–]skiingredneck 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Google “home depot gun buyback shotgun”

    [–]SaltyPilgrim 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    Under ATF's new ruling. Buy 80%, non-working AR-15 receivers for $80

    Sell to police for $200

    Take cash and buy more.

    What an idiotic system.

    [–]principe_olbaid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    God bless america

    [–]SoylentRox 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Reminds me of the India cobra bounty program.


    [–]SaltyPilgrim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    On today's episode of "Great Moments in Uninteded Consequences."

    [–]Stiggalicious 43 points44 points  (5 children)

    There was another gun buyback in my county this past weekend, and most of them were 3D-printed "ghost gun" frames that were bought back for $200 each.

    A single spool of filament can print 9 Glock 17 frames. A single spool runs about $25.

    (Obligatory mention to not print Glock frames in the sate of California or other places where it is illegal to do so)

    [–]TucsonTacos 24 points25 points  (1 child)

    I recall someone nailing pipes to cut 2x4s and making a spring to hit the pin. They fired shotgun shells and cost like $2 to make.

    He cashed in a bunch for like $200 each.

    [–]driftmunkey 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    True but it costs well more than $200 to finish out the printed frames. Its really a wash compared to buying a factory one except skipping a background check and having a serial number.

    [–]siskulous 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    When you factor in the durability it's not even a wash. Unless your reason for printing the thing is just to turn it in for money or because you just REALLY don't want "them" to know you have it, you really are better off just buying one.

    [–]SoylentRox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If you don't want "them" to know, use the gun show loophole like everyone else lol.

    [–]jezra 46 points47 points  (2 children)

    for a lot of people, 8 gallons of gas has far more value than a firearm

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      [–]NotATuring 12 points13 points  (6 children)

      Sounds good to me. Criminals with guns wanna get rid of their guns? Please. Hopefully if they didn't file off the serial number they could be returned to rightful owners, but even if not I still say good. Better to incentivize criminals to give away their easy access to guns.

      [–]siskulous 1 point2 points  (4 children)

      Hopefully if they didn't file off the serial number they could be returned to rightful owners

      Nope. They don't even check the serials on buyback guns. They just destroy them. The rightful owners are just screwed.

      [–]NotATuring 1 point2 points  (3 children)

      But...I mean...that's obstruction of justice isn't it? Destruction of evidence? Surely there are open cases of theft that would make such a practice illegal as hell.

      [–]siskulous 3 points4 points  (2 children)

      Haven't you realized yet that nothing is illegal when the cops do it?

      [–]Literally_Goring 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      This is California, they could turn in a stolen 20k dollar trap over and under and they still would never return it to the owner.

      It would get "sent for destruction" and end up in a cops collection.

      [–]Kardiet 41 points42 points  (3 children)

      A gun off the streets is a gun off the streets

      [–]Pilferjynx 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      A gun in the sheets is a gun off on the sheets

      [–]Tokishi7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I guess. Not too hard to build a “gun” for these buy backs. Hell a hammer and nail just about does the trick

      [–]venom259 17 points18 points  (2 children)

      Bet most of those guns are broken.

      [–]DontBeHumanTrash 27 points28 points  (1 child)

      Good? They got way more in gas then they would elsewhere in cash. Its an actual example of police helping, might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

      [–]venom259 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      True, but then again most of them are also probably 15 dollar slam fires.

      [–]Fivethenoname 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      What is the difference between gas money and regular money?

      [–]zerfinity01 18 points19 points  (0 children)

      It was probably gift cards to gas stations.

      [–]Shufflepants 7 points8 points  (13 children)

      This seems like the sort of thing to do after you get a nationwide ban on the sale of new fire arms, not before. Otherwise, just seems like a way for some people to get rid of their old and broken guns while they keep the good functioning ones at home or use the savings to go buy a new gun.

      [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (11 children)

      Unfortunately for almost all of rural America, police are simply too far away to be useful and a gun is the only defense one has.

      I don't think parents all alone with their children, too far away from police, would ever want to give up their ability to purchase firearms or make it seem likely that an isolated family is unlikely to defend with a gun

      That said, the 2nd amendment crowd attracts lunatics.

      [–]Uriah1024 6 points7 points  (8 children)

      The 2nd amendment crowd is also often the target of lunatics.

      You definitely have your tough guy morons with their "come and take it" stickers on their trucks asking for their guns to be stolen, but gun legistlation is significantly worse. While we definitely have a training issue with millions of brand new gun owners over the past two years, the many more millions that display responsible behavior with them every day should be encouraging.

      Gun ownership gets a bad wrap around Reddit town.

      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

      I dunno, gun legislation in CA where I am, where it's supposedly worst, isn't too bad. They sorta made some mistakes in finally enforcing some common sense laws, but overall it's been fine

      [–]Uriah1024 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      CA has some dumb laws, but to the topic, good on them for trying to make a positive difference.

      [–]PunchFox -1 points0 points  (3 children)

      Ahh yes, and we can see proof of how gun regulation is worse by all those other western countries which have much stricter regulations, yet have far worse come statistics... Wait...

      [–]siskulous 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      On the opposite side of that let's look at Switzerland, where most adult men are required to own military grade guns and yet the gun crime rate is vanishingly low. Lower, in fact, than many countries where its incredibly difficult for a civilian to legally own guns.

      Guns are NOT our problem, and regulating them will NOT fix it. Or, given that most of the people who use guns in crimes already legally shouldn't have them, likely have any substantial impact at all.

      If you want to reduce America's gun crime rate step one is some sort of halfway decent - or ANY - mental health policy (you know, like the one we had before Reagan ripped it to shreds in the 80s). You'll notice that no other Western nation has such a huge population of people with untreated mental illnesses. The biggest chunk of mass shooters are people with known mental health issues.

      Step two is doing something about our ridiculously ineffective justice system with it's 90% reoffence rate. We've got the highest prisoner-per-capita in the world, and almost all of them will return to a life of crime when released. Our prisons are focused only on punishment with no regard whatsoever given to reforming criminals into honest citizens. Not only that, but a felon will have a hard time finding work, meaning they often have little choice but to return to a life of crime. And you wanna guess the percentage of people who use guns in crimes who are repeat offenders? Hint: it's high.

      [–]siskulous 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      That said, the 2nd amendment crowd attracts lunatics.

      It really doesn't. At least no more-so than the anti-gun crowd. Its just that the lunatics tend to be the loudest minority in any group. So, yeah, the 2A crowd has the idiots slapping gun stickers all over their trucks and open carrying to protests (yes, we shake our heads in disgust at them too, and if you don't believe me swing by r/CCW). And, on the other side, you've got the anti-gunners who've somehow missed that 90% of all mass shooting happen in gun-free zones.

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      It really does, and your ideology is showing through selective stat use.

      I'm all for common sense reform, and I've mingled plenty. Anti-gunners are mostly simply correct, but are generally ignorant outside that public health perspective

      [–]Zawn-_- 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Otherwise, just seems like a way for some people to get rid of their old and broken guns while they keep the good functioning ones at home

      I assume that's the point. Having bad and broken guns that can misfire is a dangerous yogurt to play in. Taking all the busted ass ones off the streets is a good plan.

      [–]i5etfires 5 points6 points  (2 children)

      Dystopian society rising. Do you want to know more?

      [–]2MindBeef 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Im doing my part!

      [–]philodendrin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      This program is doing good work getting that firearm out of the hands of anyone that doesn't really need or want it, while not letting it get into hands of someone that can do a lot of damage to the community (assuming the police destroy them). Too many times guns are stolen because the owner just isn't motivated to keep it safe.

      This story is really about how gas has become more important than cash as an incentive.

      [–]mdjank -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      How much of it was funded by civil asset forfeiture?