It’s a popular activity in many major cities. They will set up stands and tell their city’s residents to bring their guns, and the city will buy them from them, no questions asked. It’s a tactic used to get illegal guns off the streets, but is often coupled with a lot of anti-gun rhetoric. And now a pro-gun group has decided to use that buy back program for their own good in perhaps the most anti-gun city in the nation.
According to FoxNews.com, the program “Guns Save Lives,” based in Champaign, Illinois, took guns that included a shotgun held together with zip ties and duct tape and a few old BB guns, to the Chicago Police Department’s buy back program. Some of the guns dated back to pre-1900, but the police bought them anyway, giving the group $6,240 in gift cards.
“They recognized it for the junk it was,” group president John Boch said of the sale. “At one of the locations, one of the detectives was very tenacious … And hit the guys with a flurry of questions like ‘Where the hell did you get these, from a graveyard?’ ”
Of course the Chicago police are angry at the group for abusing the system, but the group is angry at the Chicago police for saying that having a gun in the home is more likely to be used in an act of violence or accidental shooting.
Guns Save Lives are using their money to purchase new rifles and ammunition for their annual summer camp held at Darnall Gun Works & Ranges in Bloomington, Illinois. Hopefully some of those inner city kids that Chicago is looking to protect will attend and learn how to properly handle and respect firearms, which is really how they’ll help save lives. –Brian McClintock
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