Skip to comments.Gun-buying enthusiasts crash firearms 'turn-in' event at Memorial Coliseum(OR)
Posted on 08/19/2012 4:20:23 AM PDT by marktwain
David West behaved as a cattle buyer might when a prized bull entered the auction ring.
"One-hundred fifty for the revolver sir!" West shouted. "It's not too late!"
Alas, it was too late because the man with the pearl-handled revolver proceeded to turn over the firearm Saturday afternoon in exchange for a $75 Fred Meyer gift card. He chose that route rather than sell the gun for more money to West or any of a half-dozen men standing on a sidewalk between North Broadway Street and a parking lot north of Memorial Coliseum.
They were among a group of gun buyers who'd staked out periphery positions as a firearms "turn-in" took place inside the parking lot. The Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation conducted the turn-in for four hours. Gun owners could turn in a weapon to foundation volunteers, who were assisted by Portland police with handling the weapons for eventual destruction. In return for each operable gun, owners received the gift card.
"I believe the majority of people would not show up here today," said foundation volunteer Liz Julee, "if they did not want their gun removed from circulation."
But a minority clearly knew that the price point began at about $80 cash to sell their weapons to West or to a handful of other buyers on the sidewalk. The group did not venture into the parking lot to solicit potential sellers, having been instructed by Portland police at last year's event to keep their distance.
West, 22, traveled from Medford. One of his first purchases of the day, a Remington Nylon 66 22-caliber rifle, was for $20. He immediately resold it for $100 to another gun buyer, Darren Campbell of Salem, who recognized the firearm as worth potentially triple what he paid.
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Democrats and the far left love destroying items of value. Cash-for-clunkers and these gun turn-ins reflect the same bizarre Luddite view of productivity.
The gun buyouts seem to be a better place to get a deal than the gun shows.
Must be some kind of national effort this month.
One of the very few times I’ve ever actually yelled at my TV occurred a good number of years ago during one of the early buy-backs in DC.
Local news crew was covering the event live. They start interviewing this older lady who proceeds to tell them that she’s turning in her “Pappy’s” gun from his days as a Prohibition gangster. She then opens up the worn-looking box holding the gun to reveal ...
A vintage Thompson submachine gun. In mint condition. With three drum magazines.
Certainly worth more than the ~$100 she was going to get by turning it in. A LOT more. And by law/regulation the thing was required to be melted down.
That made me weep!
“Alas, it was too late because the man with the pearl-handled revolver proceeded to turn over the firearm Saturday afternoon in exchange for a $75 Fred Meyer gift card. He chose that route rather than sell the gun for more money to West or any of a half-dozen men standing on a sidewalk between North Broadway Street and a parking lot north of Memorial Coliseum”
Some not very smart ill informed people who would down doubleing their money.
Let’s see, these Liberals are in favor of assisted suicide and “the right to die”, but use as their main argument against guns is that they are used for suicide so have to be taken away from ordinary citizens.
I’ll bet lots of meth-heads and gang-bangers showed up to turn in their guns.
The gods of political correctness are being ground to dust by the gods of the copybook headings.
the man with the pearl-handled revolver proceeded to turn over the firearm Saturday afternoon in exchange for a $75
I’m thinking this was a plant, by the gun grabbers, for the media to gobble up.
I'm surprised they didn't arrest her.
Transfer of guns out of the law abiding population. Bad plan.
outbidding the gun grabbers is a great idea
I saw a Mauser C96 broomhandle in one of those trophy heaps one time. I could have wept.
Most likely, someone in the police department added that one to his own personal collection.
The moron libs on that Oregon Live site are still arguing the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. Most of them don’t even know that SCOTUS ruled on that a couple years ago.
I was dumping some crappy .22’s at a “buy-back” in NY state and an old gal walked in with a perfect condition M-1 in it’s original “U.S.” tan canvas case. The officer told her to take it to a gun shop and not to take less than $500 for it.
P.S. She was gone before I could catch her outside.