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There’s Just One Problem With Gun Buybacks

There’s Just One Problem With Gun Buybacks

One warm North Carolina fall morning, a platoon of Durham County Sheriff’s Office employees was enjoying an exhibit of historical firearms in a church parking lot. They were on duty, tasked with running a gun buyback, an event at which citizens can turn firearms over to the police for cash, anonymously and with no questions asked. But one fringe benefit was seeing some antique armaments. As people drove up and handed in their guns, deputies took the weapons, made sure they were unloaded, ran a zip tie through the barrels to render them safe, and then handed them off for cataloging by a detective with an impressive knowledge of firearm history. Then they brought cash payments back to the drivers—$100 for a long gun, $150 for a pistol, and $200 for an assault rifle—and offered them free gun locks for whatever remained at home. Many of the specimens were unremarkable, such as a procession of aging shotguns, but a few elicited murmurs of amazement. A slew of six-shooters drew laughs. “Wild Wild West!” one deputy …