SOLUTIONS: IN SEATTLE, BUYBACK TURNS INTO GUN SHOW!!!
Police officers inÂ Seattle, Washington held their firstÂ gun buybackÂ program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, Â and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshiftÂ gun showsbegan dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even hadÂ âcash for gunsâÂ signs prominently displayed.
Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program.
People that had arrived to trade in their weapons for $100 or $200 BuyBack gift cards($100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons)Â soon realized that gun collectors were there and paying top dollar for collectible firearms. So, as the line for the chump cards got longer and longer people began to jump ship and head over to the dealers.
John Diaz, Seattles Police Chief,Â wasnât pleased with the turn of events statingÂ âIâd prefer they wouldnât sell them,âÂ but admittedÂ itâs perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns, FOR NOW.Â Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference the private transactions are a loophole that needs to be closed.Â âThereâs no background checks, and some (guns) could be exchanged on the streets that shouldnât be in circulation.â
But Schuyler Taylor, a previous gun retailer attending the event in hopes of buying weapons, askedÂ âWhy not offer them cash versus a gift card?Â Iâm still taking the guns off the streets; theyâre just going in my safe.â