Gun Buyback Runs Out Of Money

8:23 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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-- A plan by law enforcement in Indiana to buy unwanted guns to get them off the street got off to a fast start Friday, with people lining up early to exchange guns for cash.

Police had planned to buy guns from noon until 8 p.m., but people showed up in force, with lines forming outside the Ekin Avenue Recreation Center in New Albany well before the program was set to start at noon.

The city had promised two hundred dollars for pistols, shotguns and rifles and three hundred dollars for assault-style weapons.

Some people brought over a dozen guns to sell. So police taped a sign to the glass door informing people that the program would end as soon as the funds were depleted.

At the last minute the city changed the rules and placed a limit on the number of certain guns that would be accepted from each person: there was no limit on the number of assault-style weapons or handguns one person could sell, but there was a limit of three rifles per person.

Sellers only had to prove they were residents of New Albany to sell their guns -- with no questions asked.

The idea for the buyback originated before the nearly two dozen elementary students were massacred by a gunman in Connecticut, but that incident added a sense of urgency to the program.

The program ended at 1:30 p.m., 90 minutes after it started. During that time, police collected 250 firearms. Of those, 40 percent were handguns. Police also collected two assault-style weapons, including one AK-47.


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