The Austin Police department is prepared to offer coupons for groceries in exchange for guns. In partnership with the Greater Austin Crime Commission and Guns4Groceries, the first “no questions asked” gun buyback in central Texas will be held on June 5, 2010. The Guns4Groceries group has organized similar programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Philadelphia.
The going rates are as follows:
- $10: BB gun / Air gun / Replica
- $100: Handgun / Rifle
- $200: Assault Rifle
Gun buyback programs are a joke. If someone really wanted to sell a gun, they could get much more for it at a gun show or a pawn shop. A fair number of the guns are probably going to be stolen. And what happens to the guns that are turned in? Most likely they will be destroyed, but I’m sure a few gems will find their way into personal gun safes — unofficially, of course. Doubtful if any attempt to locate any of the original owners of stolen guns will be made.
You can contact the Austin Police department and the Greater Austin Crime Commission at the addresses below to express your discontent.