Organizers cancel Boulder gun buyback at request of sheriff
Organizers have canceled a gun buyback at the request of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who said Colorado's new gun laws would make the Aug. 4 event nearly impossible to stage.You see, in the great rush to DO SOMETHING in the wake of the Newtown shooting, the dimwits that think everything can be solved with a law ... passed a law. In addition to banning basically every magazine ever made, they also required that every gun purchase have to go through a licensed FFL. You know, ending that awful GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. The loophole that neither the Aurora, CO shooter nor the Newtown CT used nor would have been stopped by closing.
"The bottom line is what we anticipated doing would still be legal -- but procedurally we can't follow through with it at this time," Pelle said Tuesday.
Now, see, here's the thing. They most certainly *could* hold the buyback. They'd just have to get an FFL to host the event and pay for each transfer - which could run anywhere from $25 to $50 per firearm. Since they were doing this to make a political statement they have no interest in paying the FFL for the transfer, so they canceled the event. Mighty strong convictions you folks have. It's interesting to note that the same "sensible gun laws" that they supported and pushed so hard turned out to be not so sensible, eh?
It's the irony, though, that the brand new gun law stopped, of all things, a gun buyback from going forward as its first victory. It makes sense, when you think about it. All this law is going to do is make life harder for the law abiding. It's sure not going to stop the insane or criminally minded. But you want to sell a gun privately? Oh, it's going to cost you! You want to hand a gun down to your kid? Better line up at the gun dealer with cash in hand.
Or, you know, make a political statement about buying guns "back" - better get ready to fork over the greenbacks...
That is all.