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Governor's Weekly Message: A Community Call to Action - Buying Back Dangerous Weapons

There are 4 comments on the State of Delaware story from Dec 16, 2011, titled Governor's Weekly Message: A Community Call to Action - Buying Back Dangerous Weapons. In it, State of Delaware reports that:

"Earlier this year, I signed into law public safety legislation, including a program that allows the state to buy back dangerous guns.A A This week, we are putting that law into practice for the first time with a gun buyback program in the city of Wilmington.A It's a chance for people to bring in old guns or new guns, handguns, shotguns or riflesA ... (more)

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noone

Middletown, DE

#1 Dec 17, 2011
I was at Canaan Baptist Church at 9:30am and people were already coming out with their white envelopes in hand. 1 outta 5 had only 1 envelope, others had 3-5 each. I counted between 274-280 ahead of me. By 10:15am the Del. State Police walked the line saying " NOW, they are only paying for 3 guns." Of course someone asked " How many were they paying for ? " Answer was 5. I moved forward approx 80 people (80 feet), for us to be told, " They are out of money, maybe you will get a voucher and maybe get a debit card in 3-4 weeks."
Sure enough by 11:14am the police cut the line off approx. 30 people ahead of me and said " Outta money ", there was approx 120 people still in that line to get vouchers and at least 45 behind me. People ran to their cars, speeding off to try and get to the other church. Not one single gun I saw was worth $50, let alone $150. People had BOXES full of 1950s' Spanish made .22 revolvers and 25 yr old Raven .380s'. Junk that people said " It hasnt been fired in 15-20 years" Rusted, missing stocks, missing grips and even triggers. What a joke...
I saw people that I know, had turned in 5 pistols not worth $100 FOR ALL 5 OF EM, get $ 750 for ALL 5....Sure, gun shop owners sent someone there with junk and cleaned up....

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#2 Dec 17, 2011
noone wrote:
I was at Canaan Baptist Church at 9:30am and people were already coming out with their white envelopes in hand. 1 outta 5 had only 1 envelope, others had 3-5 each. I counted between 274-280 ahead of me. By 10:15am the Del. State Police walked the line saying " NOW, they are only paying for 3 guns." Of course someone asked " How many were they paying for ? " Answer was 5. I moved forward approx 80 people (80 feet), for us to be told, " They are out of money, maybe you will get a voucher and maybe get a debit card in 3-4 weeks."
Sure enough by 11:14am the police cut the line off approx. 30 people ahead of me and said " Outta money ", there was approx 120 people still in that line to get vouchers and at least 45 behind me. People ran to their cars, speeding off to try and get to the other church. Not one single gun I saw was worth $50, let alone $150. People had BOXES full of 1950s' Spanish made .22 revolvers and 25 yr old Raven .380s'. Junk that people said " It hasnt been fired in 15-20 years" Rusted, missing stocks, missing grips and even triggers. What a joke...
I saw people that I know, had turned in 5 pistols not worth $100 FOR ALL 5 OF EM, get $ 750 for ALL 5....Sure, gun shop owners sent someone there with junk and cleaned up....
That whole program is a joke. Like a convicted felon is going to walk in there with guns, right. This is as you described a good way to get free money for scrap metal. I hope they don't think this will have an impact on crime, the criminals won't be showing up to turn in a weapon. More feel good do nothing money wasted.

Since: Nov 11

Wilmington

#4 Dec 18, 2011
JUSTPNGREENSANSSTALKER wrote:
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Perhaps if the Governor was a Conservative Repub you would agree, ExitDE??? You partisan slip is showing, my friend.
JUSTPINKANDGREEN!!!
I don't care who is in there, the stupidity of it eclipses moronic. Chances are almost all the people took those same guns to a gun store to try and unload them and they were told they were junk, or the people know they are and wait for an opportunity like this to get cash for them. Buying a non-functioning gun is idiotic, it's scrap metal. Chances of a felon dropping off his/her gun are ZERO. So they get a few functioning guns from people who own them and don't know what to do with them, that accomplished what? If they actually were successful in getting one gun off the street that would cause harm fine, that's all good, but I really doubt it, and it can never be substantiated. Like I said, it's a feel good, looks like they are doing something, pacifying the public action. No one wants criminals disarmed more than law abiding citizens and legal gun owners, but this plan isn't it. "Buy back dangerous weapons", "state to buy back dangerous guns"? All guns are inherently dangerous in the wrong hands. What kind of moronic statement is that, the mere fact that that is a weapon denotes it can cause some harm. I do understand the confusion though because in todays touchy feely lala land world weapon could define a plastic knife or a spent piece of brass. I don't believe I have ever seen an un-dangerous weapon.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#5 Dec 20, 2011
@exitde, The Delaware buy-back gun program is an excellent way to get dangerous guns off the street, especially antique or guns without adequate safety features and it's voluntary! Good old American voluntarism comes to the aid of the community again. I think that the Lions Club should offer gun safety lessons along with the sale of their Christmas trees too.

You read too often about 'legal gun owners ' children accidentally getting hold of guns left around the house and shooting themselves or a friend. Also, the Columbine High School shooting massacre was caused by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were both intelligent, came from solid homes with two parents, and had older brothers who were three years their senior. In elementary school, Klebold and Harris had both played in sports such as baseball and soccer. Both enjoyed working with computers. Most of the 'copycat' incidents after the Columbine gun tragedy occurred in mostly white, well-to-do, suburban high schools too. Our white suburbs are falling apart; over-run by over-medicated white kids with access to illegal guns.

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