Gun buy-back in OR
The Jan. 17 event was co-sponsored by Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon
and the Newport Police Department, who offered gift cards to superstore
Fred Meyer in return for guns, no questions asked. A sliding scale meant
assault rifles fetched $175 gift cards each, and high capacity
magazines were worth $25 credits at the store, which ironically sells
Second Amendment supporters took to OpenCarry.org’s forum to spread
the word about the event, and to plan out their attendance to make
“A $25 gift card for "high capacity magazines - like the ones you can buy for $8?” questioned one forum member.
Members also planned to intercept attendees bringing in valuable
guns, offering them cash before they could go inside and accept the gift
“I picked up five weapons including a Model 11 Remington SemiAuto
12-gauge from 1926, a Mossberg bolt-action 20-gauge from 1947-1950… AND a
pre-1900, 12-gauge breech action with Damascus barrel......AND....... a
couple of 22 pistols,” wrote the member.
Lauded by organizers as a way to “avoid an unexpected tragedy, and
show support for victims of gun violence,” the event netted a total of
138 guns. Those that pass background checks will be melted.
A blogger named ‘Tom in Oregon’ took toTheTruthAboutGuns.com to
discuss his experience at the turn-in event. In a post titled “Who Says
Gun ‘Buy Backs’ Are a Bad Thing,” he writes about how he gathered up
his “jam-o-matics” to cash in.
“I walked up to the first table and handed a Newport P.D. officer my
grocery sack with the three zip-tied pieces of pot metal disguised as
pistols. He didn’t take a second look at them as he piled them on a cart
that probably had 75-100 guns of all flavors of rust,” wrote the