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Gun buyback program returns for second year

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 6:29 PM
Last updated 8:16 PM
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Returning unwanted firearms can be as easy as placing an unloaded weapon in a shoe box, then exchanging it for a gift card – no questions asked.



That’s the idea behind the second annual Gun Buyback Day to be held at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday.

Niki Watson, the event’s organizer and founder of Future Successors in Augusta, said the goal of the buyback is simple: Stop gun violence.

“We’re trying to eliminate the gun violence that has been going on not only in Augusta, but in the world,” she said. “We try to provide programs and reliable resources to eliminate violence in a young kid’s life.”

The event, put on by Future Successors, collected 22 guns in last year’s buyback, proving to be more successful than Watson had planned.

“I had enough money for 18 (guns),” she said. “But you always hope that it will be bigger and better than the year before. We had 22. I’m hoping to get 50.”

Guns weren’t tested for functionality last year, but Watson said that this year guns will be tested by weapons specialists to ensure they are in working order before the exchange.

As long as handguns are brought in unloaded and inside a shoebox, participants will qualify for gift cards ranging from $50 to $70.

The buyback isn’t limited to handguns, however. Rifles and shotguns also can be exchanged.

Watson said the guns are handed over to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the serial numbers to identify any firearms that have been reported stolen. No stolen guns were recovered at last year’s buyback.

Watson said the event uses a no-questions-asked policy to create a less hostile environment for the gun owners.

“A lot of these people don’t know the history of their guns,” she said. “Maybe they found it and they’re probably too scared to turn it in. If it’s no questions asked, it makes it easier to get these guns off the streets of Augusta.”

The buyback will start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Gun locks will be provided for rifles and handguns.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Second annual Gun Buyback Day; turn in unloaded firearms in exchange for gift cards ranging from $50 to $70

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1454 Florence St., Augusta

MORE INFORMATION: (706) 250-2791, futuresuccessors.org

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/02/13 - 05:32 pm
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Wal-Mart

The first time they did this, they gave away gift cards to Wal-Mart, the nation's largest gun dealer. Let's see who the gift cards to this one are from.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/02/13 - 05:37 pm
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Buyback

Here's a link to the story:

Buy Back

I notice they were giving $50 gift certificates in 2000. You would think 2013 buybacks would fetch a bit more.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/02/13 - 07:27 pm
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This is a worthless program!

Bad guys will not give up their guns so the only guns this will take off of the street are junk ones that most probably won't work! I guess the only good is the fact that the bad guys won't be able to steal the good ones in a burglary and use them in the street. Law abiding citizens need to keep their weapons!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/02/13 - 07:33 pm
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Couple of things

1. This program is a great incentive to steal others' guns and turn them in for cash -- pawnshop already lined up to facilitate your crime (no proof of ownership seems to be required). Law of Unintended Consequences
2. 22 guns bought last year? That's about one Friday night worth. Or maybe just a Thursday night.
3. Church would do better to tend to the spiritual needs of its congregation and persuade them to be less violent.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/02/13 - 07:44 pm
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"As long as handguns are

"As long as handguns are brought in unloaded and inside a shoebox", So if you have it in a case but don't have a shoe box don't bother to come by ? And weapons will be tested by a specialist, it sounds like they got a few that couldn't be pawned, parts guns and paint ball guns in the past. IMHO a elementary school logic PR stunt that amounts to giving out a band aid for a arterial bleed

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/02/13 - 08:38 pm
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Read again what Dixieman

Read again what Dixieman said.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 08:44 pm
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Put me down for 3

I pay $10 over the payback price.
☺WORKING FIREARMS ONLY ☺

Joking don't need any more.
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WIKI comments
In most cases, the agents purchasing the guns are local police when purchasing firearms for the government, although private civilians often set up their own "gun buybacks" down the street from the police-run "buybacks", while offering higher "rewards" for certain, more valuable, firearms

At one location in another state police quick (suspiciously too quickly) ran out of cash. IOU 's were offered and the sellers quickly realized Anonymity was lost by the offered IOU process. When the police required ID to get an IOU, ID that will have to be shown to police to redeem the IOU for cash at a later date.

Darby
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Darby 08/02/13 - 08:51 pm
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I'm certain that Niki Watson thinks that she's

doing a good thing here. She should be respected for trying.

Still, she and others who have gone this route are and have wasted their time and money.

They pay good money for rusted, broken and malfunctioning junk.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/02/13 - 10:08 pm
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Another "feel good" effort by mostly well meaning people.

There is no evidence that any of these ever work or have reduced crime or violence. The efforts should be spent more in dealing with out of wedlock birth and disdain for education...the two biggest daggers facing the heart of the black culture.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 08/02/13 - 10:53 pm
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$50 - $75 Seriously

Like that is going to get ANY criminal to turn in a firearm. Heck i will give them double that for any working firearm and will let them keep their shoe box!!

Darby
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Darby 08/02/13 - 11:17 pm
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Can I really??

Keep my shoe box, I mean?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/03/13 - 05:16 am
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After reading Darby's comment

I thought a little she is trying to eliminate the guns out of the hands of people that don't understand the value and likely their safe operations also.

Granted, at the prices offered, she will likely purchase but a few functional firearms. But given the number of Youths (no race or color stated) getting their hands of firearms and the number of leg shooting we see every week in ARC. Removing just 1 these from the street will likely save someone from being shot in the leg, being held up, or a murder, further down the street.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/03/13 - 05:21 am
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Just had a business thought

Now that I am thinking about the above article and starting thinking about all the "We buy Gold" locations.

Then it struck me, why not hang a sign out.

We buy Ammo & sell Ammo

It sounds like a viable profitable idea.

There is real money and a need in it and our Government already created the demand and the interest.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/03/13 - 06:17 am
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I wonder if anyone ever

I wonder if anyone ever thought of putting the sights on the side of handguns since the gangstas always turn them sideways when they shoot?

myfather15
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myfather15 08/03/13 - 06:04 am
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Who don't the gun control

Why don't the gun control advocates go to this Church and personally witness this buy back, then tell me exactly how many people turning in firearms, looked like gang bangers!!

The article says "No stolen guns were recovered at last year’s buyback."

Imagine that!!! How is this shocking to anyone?? Do you really believe a criminal, who steals your firearm is going to turn it back in? CRIMINALS do NOT turn guns back in people!! Law abiding citizens who simply don't want the firearm anymore, are the ones that do turn them in!!

I agree 100%!! This was nothing more than a publicity stunt. This got Niki Watson and the Churches name published in the paper and probably on the locat news, missioned accomplished!! The Church might get a few new members of the congregation and increase tithes, then the mission REALLY worked!!!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/03/13 - 07:41 am
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myfather15

You just summed it up perfectly. They'll get some widows turning in guns their deceased husbands paid 10 times that for, but in the end it will be as you've said!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/03/13 - 08:01 am
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Lordy Lordy

Another feel good project....the real jerks will keep the guns.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/03/13 - 08:30 am
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SIB4 -

I Love your Gift for true Southern Sarcasm.

BTW: I guess I am a Multi-Jerk - A wide eyed to his surroundings Multi-Jerk☺

ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/03/13 - 09:29 am
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The audience that they are

The audience that they are trying to attract gets more in government benefits than the gift cards they are passing out. My father has an old .22 pistol that is so inaccurate that it would not hit the side of a barn if you were standing next to it, so I will take it down and get my 50$ dollar gift card and go to WalMart and buy a new one for him. Now that is a deaL

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/03/13 - 09:32 am
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I agree 100% with the

I agree 100% with the dissenters. While this is a noble effort in theory, in practice it is pretty much a waste of time. The concerned people involved in this would be better served to put their good hearts to work on changing the culture of violence in their communities.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/03/13 - 09:32 am
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@Riverman1

That's funny 'dude.'

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/03/13 - 10:41 am
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So taking 20-50 guns off the

So taking 20-50 guns off the street will help end gun violence. ROFLMAO. Sure the people who have guns they don't need or use will dump them in this program for some bucks-my bet a criminal who is dependent on it will keep theirs-they need them to get their bucks. I hope the church has increase security because this article seems like advertisement for gangsta's to hit the place tonight for a easy gun fix. Ah the best laid plans of mice and men.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/03/13 - 11:10 am
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It never fails

I have no idea who the individual is that is sponsoring this effort, but the church is located in the inner city so I have a good hunch. These commenters are the same crowd that has been hollering for weeks about why the black community does not do something about violence. Well one person is trying to do something. Maybe it is not what you or I would do, but the gall of some of you to actually make hay and fun of the effort is down right disgusting, sophomoric, and classless.

IF YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA, IMPLEMENT IT BUT SHUT UP ALREADY!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/03/13 - 11:27 am
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Telling others to shut up is also

disgusting, sophomoric, and classless.

Get a grip here....this is the comments section....what you see are comments.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/03/13 - 11:31 am
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What would work some don't want to hear

This is what would work well..per Chairman Eaves with the Fulton county commish

I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/03/13 - 12:03 pm
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Last Year

Last Year They got a few bottom end single shot shotguns and 22's a nice hex Nagant ,Two pistols and the bulk made up of various revolvers. If any of these weapons were used in lets say a unsolved murder, by not asking questions and destroying it they have tampered with evidence. Not only have they set up a Pawn shop for stolen guns they took it upon themselves to grant criminals amnesty. If they really want to stop the violence maybe they should get back to working with the hearts and souls instead of blaming just one of the tools evil men use to prey upon society.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/03/13 - 12:16 pm
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Truth the church is the

Truth the church is the perfect place to address this but collecting guns isn't a "reasonable" solution. Talk about family, no drugs or alcohol, discourage single parent families (the reason the 1% are successful is mainly because of having two incomes).Addressing peripheral issues doesn't address the root causes. Science has addressed this. Like WHO suggest getting guns and knives- so why just guns? WHO also suggest alcohol prohibition and increase family values and family units.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 08/03/13 - 12:54 pm
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Biz kit

Bizkit is right on the money! I have yet to hear our clergy speak out. I guess they are more worried about the collection plate than they are the cultural values of their flock!

Mugatu
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Mugatu 08/03/13 - 01:59 pm
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Just 64,978 to go before reaching statistical significance

“Gun buyback programs have to rank at the top of the list of mindless feel-good attempts to address a serious problem in the history of our republic. I once had a statistician from Georgia Tech study these much-hyped programs to determine their effectiveness in reducing murders committed with handguns. To reach a statistical certainty of saving one human life, he found, you would have to buy back about 65,000 handguns. That means that Atlanta's gun buyback programs have not yet saved a single human life. And yet you'll find no shortage of antigun nuts arguing that a life is saved for virtually every gun turned in.”

― Neal Boortz

chascushman
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chascushman 08/03/13 - 02:01 pm
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"Maybe it is not what you or
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"Maybe it is not what you or I would do, but the gall of some of you to actually make hay and fun of the effort is down right disgusting, sophomoric, and classless."
TM, I find it humorous that the liberals/progressives do something as dumb as this and people defend it. The real problem is most of the liberals/progressives do not have a clue how to clean up the MESS THEY HAVE CREATED.

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