Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Yep, Sounds Like Massachusetts Alright...

Skidmark sent me this story with a single "word": WTF. No, seriously, WTF.

Police gun buyback program Sat. also offers shots … flu shots

WORCESTER — Flu shots instead of gunshots. People can get free flu shots Saturday and next Saturday, even if they don’t turn in a gun at the city’s annual Goods for Guns buyback program.

City residents, or residents of any other community, may bring their unwanted weapons, unloaded and wrapped in a bag, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to the Worcester Police headquarters in Lincoln Square, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to the Worcester Division of Public Health, 25 Meade St.

It's probably a good thing I didn't find out about this until yesterday. I would have been sorely tempted to hump out to Worcester to offer folks more than $25 per rifle or shotgun, $50 per handgun, or $75 for a semi-automatic rifle. It would have been a hoot to stand outside the program with a handful of $20 bills and my iPad (to connect to the MA CHSB for the transfer, of course).

Now, that raises another question. The chief says "no questions asked" - so does this mean that they'll be taking potential crime guns and destroying them? Is it possible that this program might be a way for criminals to dispose of firearms they have used in crimes? And what about people turning guns in "wrapped in a bag"? I have to transport my firearms in a locked container - but if I'm turning it in, I only need to make sure its covered? Hey, MA residents, you don't need a permit any more - if you get caught by the cops, just tell them you're on your way to a gun buyback, no questions asked!

I'd like to say I was surprised, but this isn't madness, this is Massachusetts!

That is all.


LMB said...

Ah, gun buybacks. The program where it looks like they're doing something good (to the idiots that are antigun,) when they're really helping criminals.

Wally said...

The buyback is also next Saturday the 8th. LMK...

Have FFL, will travel :)

Ed said...

I did not know that a Massachusetts Police Chief was authorized to offer not to enforce Massachusetts law and possibly Federal law. An exchange of a weapon for something of value is a sale. Sales of multiple weapons would be of interest to the BATFE. Should this be conducted with less regulation and oversight than the sales at a gun show? Are they bribing people to conduct themselves unlawfully? Is disposition of property of value by destruction in the best fiscal interest of a city or town?

Bram said...

Do Kahr / Auto-Ordnance and H & R still manufacture there?

Anonymous said...

Accept the gun, fingerprint the gun, do a ballistics match - BINGO! Yeah, right no questions.

Where exactly does the Police who decry "budget shortfalls" get the money for these programs? 2,200 guns since the start just 10-years ago? If you bought 220-handguns-a-year X $50 each that's $11,000 per year, or roughly a half-years wages in some departments.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Ed: I agree!


Actually, if somebody DID stand right outside, and offered to buy the guns for double what the police are offering, the police would no doubt shut you down in a New York minute... but on what legal grounds, I wonder? It'd be an interesting experiment.

In re "crime guns", I'll confess that I'm not too worried. Any criminal who commits a felony with a firearm, then DOESN'T get rid of it immediately, is stupid enough to get caught sooner or later anyway.