In Seattle, Police were conducting a buyback program in their attempt to “get guns off the streets.” Unfortunately, they didn’t plan on gun buyers showing up with signs and cash to offer in exchange for the guns. The police program exchanged gift cards worth $200 and $100, depending on the gun, but when gun buyers began paying in cash, many of the people there to sell their guns quickly shifted from the buyback line to wheeling and dealing with the cash buyers. According to the website DCXposed, the scene became like an impromptu gun show, particularly after police ran out of the gift cards, and began issuing IOUs. From the article:
John Diaz, Seattles Police Chief, wasn’t pleased with the turn of events stating “I’d prefer they wouldn’t sell them,” but admitted it’s perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns, FOR NOW. Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference the private transactions are a loophole that needs to be closed. “There’s no background checks, and some (guns) could be exchanged on the streets that shouldn’t be in circulation.”
But Schuyler Taylor, a previous gun retailer attending the event in hopes of buying weapons, asked “Why not offer them cash versus a gift card? I’m still taking the guns off the streets; they’re just going in my safe.”
It seems that this really rained on the parade of gun-grabbers, although they still managed to collect up a large number of guns. Still, the ingenuity of Americans and the entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well in Seattle.