Gun buyback: Program to pay market rate for high-end firearms
Friday, October 12, 2012, at 9:42 am by Bill Smith
Gun buyback programs in Chicago and elsewhere have been criticized for offering a flat $100 for any working weapon turned in, with critics saying that's not enough to get people to turn in guns that are actually likely to be used in crimes.
"One of the most difficult things is to get criminals to turn in their guns," Eddington said. "It's like offering $100 to a plumber to turn in his tools -- it ain't gonna happen."
But he said he knows that a lot of the weapons likely to be collected will be ones unlikely to ever have been used in a crime -- "something that's been in Uncle Ben's drawer forever, or a shotgun that's been in the closet, even though the owner hasn't been hunting in 15 years," Eddington said.
But even getting those weapons should cut down on accidental shootings, the chief added. (yeah, the 'rare' accidental shooting rationale....snort!)
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