Gun buyback event returns Saturday

Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:01 PM
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Augusta area residents will have the chance to turn their firearms into cash Saturday as the Gun Buyback Day returns for a third year.

Augusta area residents will have the chance to turn their firearms into cash Saturday as the Gun Buyback Day returns for a third year.  FILE/STAFF
FILE/STAFF
Augusta area residents will have the chance to turn their firearms into cash Saturday as the Gun Buyback Day returns for a third year.


The event, which will be held at Antioch Baptist Church at 1454 Florence St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is sponsored by Future Successors, Team Boskie and Keys Academy. People can bring their unloaded firearms in shoeboxes, which can be exchanged for gift cards ranging in value from $50 to $70.

Future Successors, a nonprofit group aimed to empower youths, will also give away gun locks.

Niki Watson, an Augusta native who organizes the event, flies in from New York every year. She said she started the event when she began to notice a spike in violent crimes involving people younger than 25. The buyback was her way of reclaiming Augusta's youths from violence, and she says her mission has been successful.

“The word is spreading,” she said. “Once you bring awareness about something going on and people are coming back to you acknowledging that, I believe the impact is there. As long as there is a dialog about something that you're against or want to decrease, you know the impact is out there.”

In its first year, the gun buyback collected 22 firearms. The second event nearly doubled that total with 40 – 30 of which were handguns. Watson had run out of gift cards – totaling $1,900 – before the event ended and broke out her checkbook. Not everyone was interested in the money, though. Some gun owners chose to donate their firearms instead of receiving payment in a show of support for the cause.

“They just wanted a gun off the streets,” she said. “Even if the gun isn't working, it’s the illusion of a gun. If they want it out of their sight that’s a great thing, and that's how you get the word out there.”

In years past, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office had taken possession of the firearms for safekeeping after they had been secured at the event. Under state law, however, seized weapons cannot be destroyed. Watson said she has hired a third-party agency to destroy the firearms.

IF YOU GO
  • What: Gun Buyback Day
  • When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Antioch Baptist Church, 1454 Florence St.
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Old Vetern
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Old Vetern 07/31/14 - 09:01 pm
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license

does she have a valid FFL? Does the third party have a valid FFL?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/31/14 - 10:23 pm
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Just another feel good

Just another feel good effort. From what I hear, most of what gets turned in is worthless junk. But if it saves just one life......

deestafford
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deestafford 07/31/14 - 11:07 pm
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This does absolutely no good. It's like me...

This does absolutely no good. It's like me getting a vasectomy because my neighbor has too many kids.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/14 - 03:44 am
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Misguided

This event is to somehow make people think having a gun is a bad thing. Paying people $50 to get them to give up a constitutional right is misguided.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/01/14 - 04:17 am
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In the picture

That silver revolver on the left, appears to be a gold medallion grip Cold Python.

The grips alone are worth $250.00!! Heck, I'd pay someone a lot more than 50-70 dollars for that pistol!!

But, the overwhelming majority of the ones they receive are junk guns!!

john
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john 08/01/14 - 06:43 am
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question

sort of off topic, but does anyone know how to dispose of a broken gun? Turn it in to the sherifs department? Im not going to stick it in my trash bin lol. I want to get it out of my safe. Thanks!

Pops
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Pops 08/01/14 - 06:53 am
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They should give out gift

cards to folks that will give out information as to crimes they know have been committed and the perps that did those crimes.......

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/01/14 - 07:20 am
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Unpublished

You so right but those that whine the most about crime will do the least to help the LEO's.

myfather, I was thinking the same thing when I noticed that revolver. I couldn't imagine anyone giving that gun up for a gift card.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/14 - 07:25 am
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We have seen this the last few years.

While it is part PR stunt, and part do-gooder, the "actual" turn in numbers for working with a pawn store value of $50+ weapons was low, really low. About 19 of the 30 I was told.

We have been shown pictures of $650-$1200 UZI's on a table being turned in (yeah right).

http://www.wjbf.com/story/23039093/trading-bucks-for-bullets-future-succ...

But it makes a few people feel like they are doing something and allows a gathering at a church as a run up to an election.

A Few Questions:

1. Does LEO's/Church record the sellers name, and match it to the weapon?

2. Does RCSO do a serial # check for stolen weapons and returned those to their rightful owners?

3. Since most of these buy back programs happen in the Black communities, what is the root source of the Buy back $$$?

4. Will people setup down the street and be offering more $$$$, like in past years and has happened at a growing number of these buy back sales?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/14 - 07:28 am
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BTW: Humor☺

If anyone is planning on turning in a working or non-functional REAL 9mm UZI for $100 drop me a email I'll double their offer.

☺Plus the self defense weapon will be really in safe hands.☺

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/14 - 07:32 am
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Broken firearms

Why destroy it with Parts are getting hard to find?

Contact a local Gun Smith who could might repair it for a small fee,

or

purchase it and use the parts to repair someones Grand (or Great-Grand) Fathers heirloom hand-me-down.

BE GREEN, RECYCLE

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/01/14 - 07:41 am
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Gift Certificates

What stores are the gift certificates good at?

I remember a few years back when the gun buy back groups proudly announced they were giving Wal-Mart gift certificates. Wal-Mart, naturally, is the largest gun retailer in the country (if not the world).

cush1944
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cush1944 08/01/14 - 08:30 am
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"It's like me getting a

"It's like me getting a vasectomy because my neighbor has too many kids."
dee, with some neighbors that might help, ha, ha.

cush1944
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cush1944 08/01/14 - 08:36 am
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"Wal-Mart, naturally, is the

"Wal-Mart, naturally, is the largest gun retailer in the country (if not the world)."
That is funny, trade in a couple of guns that don't work and have almost enough to buy one that does. Liberals and common sense have nothing in common.

Bluesouth
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Bluesouth 08/01/14 - 10:33 am
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GUN ,GUN ,GUN ,GUN

Gun is my religious ...

Darby
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Darby 08/01/14 - 10:35 am
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"Gun is my religious ..."

Your religious what????

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 08/01/14 - 02:56 pm
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So now that the precedent has been set…..

….That a half-eaten pop tart can get a kid suspend from school because it is classified as a "gun shaped object"..does that mean I can show up with one and get a gift card?
Just asking...

dimepiece278
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dimepiece278 08/01/14 - 03:29 pm
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All these people making

All these people making negative comments I was wondering what are to u doing to make any if your communities better..Violence can happen anywhere it doesn't matter what color you are or where you're from.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/01/14 - 03:41 pm
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".Violence can happen anywhere...

..... it doesn't matter what color you are or where you're from."

Very true.

So why would you get rid of your only reasonable means of defense for yourself and your family for a measly $50 - $70?

Remember....when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

dimepiece278
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dimepiece278 08/01/14 - 05:33 pm
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These type of events are

These type of events are usually targeted towards the younger generation who have guns. Why don't you find something to do besides mock and criticize people

jmo
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jmo 08/01/14 - 05:42 pm
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A total....

waste of time. They are buying a "bunch of junk".

dimepiece278
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dimepiece278 08/01/14 - 06:54 pm
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That junk still can be used

That junk still can be used to hurt or kill people and 9 times out 10 end up in the wrong hands..

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/01/14 - 08:46 pm
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I can't think of one good

I can't think of one good reason to do this. There is no way on earth I would turn in a gun to one of these programs. Too many things can go wrong with this.

dimepiece278
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dimepiece278 08/01/14 - 09:13 pm
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I can think of plenty of good

I can think of plenty of good reasons if it's getting guns out of the hands of kids or criminals..Nobody is saying everyone who has a gun come and turn it in.If you have a registered gun that you have to protect your family that's fine this is for trying to get the wrong kinds of guns off the street..or guns out the wrong hands.

dimepiece278
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dimepiece278 08/01/14 - 09:22 pm
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That is exactly what is wrong

That is exactly what is wrong with the world today everyone has a negative frame of mind and are so quick to criticize and judge something they do not understand. If you don't like these ideas you can always get together organize groups and maybe offer some alternatives or different ideas. Schools shootings, crime etc still on the rise so if you're not part of the solution..you are part of the problem.

john
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john 08/01/14 - 10:34 pm
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wow

how do I get a thumbs down for asking a question?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/02/14 - 05:22 am
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Isn't selling a gun giving up

Isn't selling a gun giving up your 2nd Amendment right sort of like saying just because you're not talking you've given up your freedom of speech? I have a feeling a lot of the guns that are turned in are close to being pipe bombs that go off in your hand.

wribbs
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wribbs 08/02/14 - 05:25 am
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I would think a large

I would think a large percentage of these guns would be stolen. Who would take $50 for a gun they had paid $300 or more for? The only way most people would do that is if they had nothing tied up in it.

Of course I am talking about using common sense here and I see less evidence of that everyday.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/02/14 - 06:54 am
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No, dimepiece278, I am not

No, dimepiece278, I am not part of the problem. I've been trying to do something about the problems around here for years only to be scoffed at by people like you. I HOPE the people that bring in these guns have proof of ownership. I HOPE these guns aren't going to wind up somewhere they shouldn't be. I HOPE the people that bring in these guns haven't stolen them from someone else. But based on what organizations have betrayed my trust in them in this area, I'm not going to TRUST it.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/02/14 - 06:56 am
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No, dimepiece278, I am not

No, dimepiece278, I am not part of the problem. I've been trying to do something about the problems around here for years only to be scoffed at by people like you. I HOPE the people that bring in these guns have proof of ownership. I HOPE these guns aren't going to wind up somewhere they shouldn't be. I HOPE the people that bring in these guns haven't stolen them from someone else. But based on what organizations have betrayed my trust in them in this area, I'm not going to TRUST this scenario.

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