The buyback was from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and resulted in collecting a total of 459 firearms, including five “assault type weapons” as well as ammunition. The sheriff’s department reported that they collected over 200 guns within the first hour and paid out a total of $37,950 during the buyback. They state that the goal of the gun buyback program is to keep unwanted guns off the streets and from being used in a crime. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, “The gun buyback is a safe, no questions asked opportunity to dispose of any working firearm in return for cash. $50 will be paid out for handguns, $100 dollars for rifles and shotguns and $150 for assault type weapons.” (Emphasis added).
The gun buyback raises several questions.
First, why does the sheriff’s office specify working firearms? Were citizens allowed to dispose of unwanted non-working firearms as well?
Secondly, $150 was paid for “assault type weapons.” A sheriff’s department, with its extensive firearms training, would certainly know the difference in a semi-automatic rifle with certain distinctive features and a true assault weapon. Were the “assault type weapons” received today true assault weapons, or were they simply semi-automatic rifles with certain distinctive features which have been singled out by gun-grabbers as somehow being more dangerous and deadly than other firearms. If they were semi-automatic rifles, has the sheriff’s office given into the deliberate confusion created by mainstream media and fellow gun-grabbers?
Lastly, on February 19, 2013 the Little Rock Gun Rights Examiner published an article in reference to every sheriff in Florida pledging to protect Second Amendment rights. The gun buyback in Manatee County today, leaves question about the legitimacy of this pledge, since it seems to be somewhat contradictory to pledge to protect Second Amendment rights, while at the same time encouraging citizens to give up their firearms for a mere $150 or less.
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