Tampa Police Buy-Back Yields 1,000 Guns

By: APNewsNow Email
By: APNewsNow Email

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- December 11, 2011

More than 1,000 guns collected during a Tampa Police Department's gun buy-back event will be destroyed.

A police statement says more than 1,000 guns were collected Saturday. A final count will be completed next week. Residents lined up waiting to turn in their guns. The police department paid $50 for each handgun and rifle turned in.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the widow of slain police officer Dave Curtis funded the event.


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  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    I hope they also get a free sign to put out front of their homes that says? Gun free zone here.
  • by Steve Location: N ot in Marietta on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    That's it folks! Just give-up your only means of protection against the gangsters and mobsters! Don't worry about the jack boots at your door, that want your guns, and don't need a warrant to enter your domicile, and detain you as long as they want...Germany, 1939. Thanx.
  • by Dr. GaGa on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    Nothing will get the gun nuts out of their trailers faster than a buy back program. OK, except maybe a bad breakup and a busy intersection.
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      by Dr. GlugGlug on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:57 PM in reply to Dr. GaGa
      And nothing gets callous control-freak bigots out of the closet quicker than the chance to project their own anxieties about the phallic symbolism of firearms onto those honest blue-collar citizens for whom guns are necessary tools...
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        by Sooooimpressed on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:41 PM in reply to Dr. GlugGlug
        Brevity, Clarity.. Impressive diagnosis!
  • by dt Location: tallahassee on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Like most of you, I see what a joke this was. How many functioning guns are only worth $50? I'll answer, none. What they got was a closet full of junk. They may have taken a weapon out of a criminals hand, but it was a non-functioning weapon.
  • by Rich7553 Location: Lehigh Acres, FL on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    A felon would no more participate in a gun buy-back program than a mechanic would sell his tools. What they got was grandpa's old hunting rifle either from grandma or the grandkids. Impact on gun violence - ZERO!
  • by Big Rick on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Let's see Joe citizen stop a thug from raping his wife, killing his kids and ransacking his home with a $50 dollar bill.....
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    will they even try to find the rightful owners of these guns? or just destory them and never solve the theft cases
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      by Mark on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:16 AM in reply to
      my guess is that they will be destroyed, no questions asked(unless a few of the nicer ones find their way into some LEO's gun collection!)
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        by Rick on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to Mark
        That might be a little hard considering that the buy up was done it Tampa..... DuH!
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          by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM in reply to Rick
          Do you really think that there are no corrupt LEOs in Tampa?
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      by Sean on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to
      It is very rare for a stolen gun to be turned in at one of these gun buy-back events.
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        by Mark on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to Sean
        you go on believing that if it helps you sleep at night....you probably still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too!
  • by Mark Location: somewhere on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    This article is disturbing in many ways. As a former employee of a licensed dealer I have a couple of questions for the people who put on this event. 1. Was there a licensed dealer on site to receive these firearms?(of course not, BATFE will not license a street corner!)2. Was a background check done and a second hand dealer form done on the people turning the guns in?(Again, I doubt it since most of the weapons turned in were probably stolen from their legal owners in the first place.) I applaud the Tampa police department and those fine individuals for sponsoring and helping to maintain the addictions of some of Tampa's finest residents(that was sarcasm for those of you who did not recognize it!)
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      by CaptainDisbelief on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to Mark
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        by Mark on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to CaptainDisbelief
        Uh,no, sorry....I used to work for a licensed gun dealer and you DO have to be a licensed gun dealer if you are going to purchase used firearms from the general public. Not only that you have to be licensed in the state of Florida as a Second Hand dealer(pawn shop!)
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          by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 02:51 PM in reply to Mark
          Private sales are exempt from FFL.
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          by Tally on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:04 PM in reply to Mark
          Uhmm, no. Any firearms dealer can purchase a firearm from any individual without the need of a license of any kind. It is only if he is to RE-SELL the firearm to the public that he needs an FFL. And you do not have to be licensed as a pawn dealer/shop.
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        by 1stlttightwad on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to CaptainDisbelief
        Nope. Any person..not engaged in the BUSINESS of selling and buying firearms is not required to have any license. It is considered a private party sale. Just as you do not need a dealers license to sell or buy a car.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:58 PM in reply to 1stlttightwad
          From the Batf website---"The Term 'Engaged in Business' means....(C) as applied to a dealer in firearms, as defined in section 921(a)(11)(A), a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms;"----------BUT, and that's a very big but, it all depends on who, and what, is involved in the transaction, what branch of law enforcement in taking an interest, etc. If someone sells or buys a few guns at a yardsale, probably won't amount to much. Set up a table across the street from a buyback program, offering more than the buyback is offering, and you will probably get visited by local l.e.o.s. Refuse to pack up and leave, you'll probably get visited by BATF. I'm not sayin it's right, but it's probably not worth the attorney's fees, getting your photo placed on WCTV's daily booking desk story, and all the other grief it brings about.
  • by Gun Enthusiast Location: Madison on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    Would it be possible for private group to do a buyback such as this? Would be willing to pay $100.00 per gun which is 2x what was paid for these.
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      by Mark on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:18 AM in reply to Gun Enthusiast
      No,technically it would not be possible for a private group to do this because in order to make this sort of transaction, the organization would have to be Federally licensed as a class 02 gun dealer. But that doesn't seem to stop churches and law enforcement agencies....curious.
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        by George Orwell on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Mark
        Some animals are more equal than others.
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        by Sean Caranna on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:24 AM in reply to Mark
        Actually it would be completely legal to conduct a private transaction. It is done all the time.
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          by Mark on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to Sean Caranna
          yes, between 2 individuals...individuals being the key word here. BUT, these were NOT individuals but organizations....the rules are different then. LICENSE!
  • by 1stlttightwad Location: Quitman on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    Buy Back?? Hmmm, ya gotta have owned something before you can "buy it back" right..50 bucks a gun? Gee, had I known that I could have set up next to the cops and paid 100 bucks per gun and made a nice profit..and added to my collection. Now do you really think ALL of these guns are going to be melted down? Nah, the cops will cherry pick the rarest and best for their own personal use..Hey chief I'll give ya $75 for this ole Parker or Belgian Browning shotgun..
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